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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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Examples from the web for interlibrary loan
  • Other libraries should be able to obtain copies via interlibrary loan.
  • Joe, see your local librarian about what is available on interlibrary loan.
  • But perhaps one or two will be unfamiliar but you can get the volume through interlibrary loan.
  • Luckily, interlibrary loan services can usually make up for any local deficiencies.
  • Contact your local branch and ask them to place an interlibrary loan request for you.
  • We will also discuss how the interlibrary loan process takes place and answer any questions you have about interlibrary loan.
British Dictionary definitions for interlibrary 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 interlibrary loan
noun

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

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