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Last updated: 6/3/08

Interlibrary Loan
Other Options

To obtain materials more quickly than by using Interlibrary Loan, you may want to use a document delivery service or travel to a regional library.

Document Delivery Services
Document delivery companies rapidly provide articles or other photocopies for a charge. Items are usually faxed, delivered online, or mailed within a couple of days. Payment is by credit card. The following companies offer document delivery services:

Regional Libraries
Many regional libraries extend access privileges to students, faculty, and staff of the University of Rhode Island.

  • HELIN Consortium (Borrowing privileges are granted to students, faculty, and staff of all HELIN institutions, including URI.)
  • Ocean State Libraries (Consortium of public libraries in Rhode Island. Any R.I. resident may obtain a borrowing card at their nearest public library.)
  • Brown University (Access requires a letter of introduction for students or a CRIARL card for full-time faculty; either may be obtained at the Reference Desk.)
  • WorldCat (Lists the holdings of many regional and national libraries. Call or check library catalogs to inquire about exact holdings and access policies before going. Letters of introduction may be obtained at the Reference Desk.)

For more information, contact:
Brian Gallagher, Head of Access Services. Brian can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at (401) 874-9524.

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