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How to use COLOMBO (Interlibrary Loans)

How to request a book

Colombo advanced search feature
  1. If you have an ISBN, change the drop down menu to the appropriate field and enter it – no  other information will be necessary – go to step 5.
  2. If you do not have an ISBN, enter the title of the book in quotes
  3. Enter the name of an author or editor.
  4. Pick the profile that best fits your search. The profile comprises a group of institutions whose collections will be queried when you click “search”. “Suggested verification sources [shared]” is recommended (includes major national research collections and some large US collections).
  5. Click on “Search”.
Colombo search results
  1. To view the full record for a book click on the title or on “details”. To get back to the list of results click on “Search Results”.
  2. Choose the record that best describes the item you are looking for – there may be more than one record that answers your need, just choose one. Click on “Get it”.

    HINT: do not worry about the location (i.e “collection”) as the item may not be requested from the library that is identified. This step is only to confirm the identity of the book that you are seeking.

  3. If you get a long list of results, you can have them sorted by relevance by clicking on “Show Best Results”.
  4. To redo your search click on “Advanced Search”.
  5. If no titles match what you need, click on Create Request and fill the appropriate form.
making your request - part one

making your request - part two
  1. Should you need more than one chapter from the same book, or if you simply want to review the entire book please request a “loan” – this is the default.
  2. Should you want to request only one chapter from the book:
    1. Change the service to “copy”.
    2. Fill in the “Part Details” with information about the chapter (ex: title & page).
  3. Optionally, you can specify a date after which the item will no longer be needed. Note: if not filled, your request will automatically be cancelled after this date.
  4. Specify your pickup location – Webster (downtown campus) or Vanier (Loyola campus) Library.
  5. Click on Request.
  6. The next screen will confirm your request and will include a ILL/request number with which you can track your request.
page last updated on: Thursday 14 September 2017
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