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interlibrary loan

noun
1.
a system by which one library obtains a work for a user by borrowing it from another library.
2.
a loan made by this system.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; inter- + library
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British Dictionary definitions for inter-library loan

interlibrary loan

/ˌɪntəˈlaɪbrərɪ/
noun
1.
a system by which libraries borrow publications from other libraries
2.
  1. an instance of such borrowing
  2. a publication so borrowed
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Contemporary definitions for inter-library loan
noun

a system of book borrowing set up between or among libraries for the use of their customers

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