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Interlibrary Loan at the Schlesinger Library

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Learn to use Interlibrary Loan at the Schlesinger Library with this guide. 

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Interlibrary Loan

The Schlesinger Library is a non-circulating library. While books, periodicals and original manuscripts may not be checked out, certain microfilmed manuscript collections are available for interlibrary loan


Forms and Payment

To request an interlibrary loan, a researcher must first make arrangements for the loan through his/her own library.  The researcher's interlibrary loan office must submit:

•   A standard ALA ILL Form. (available as a Word document below;The Library does not participate in any automated ILL systems.)

•   An Interlibrary Loan of Manuscript Material Form (available as a PDF below), signed by the researcher intending to use the microform.

•   Payment of the $20.00 loan fee.  Checks should be made payable to Radcliffe Institute. We also accept payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express) over the phone - please call 617-495-8540 for more information. Please do not remit payment before sending the above forms.

The forms should be sent to the following address:

Schlesinger Library
Attn: Research Services
Radcliffe Institute
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


fax 617-496-8340

Loan Period

Microform must be returned within four weeks of the date of mailing.

Return of Material

The borrowing library must return (insured) the microforms promptly after the loan period. If the package is not insured and is lost, the borrowing library will be liable for replacement costs.


Microforms must be used in the borrowing library.