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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan

Current Northwest Vista College students, faculty and staff in good standing with the Alamo Colleges libraries may use our Interlibrary Loan service. Interlibrary loan is a library-to-library lending service that is used to obtain circulating materials and periodical articles owned by other libraries, including other Alamo Colleges libraries.

If the books, or materials, you need are not available at the NVC library, you can request those items directly from our online catalog. Look for the  button and fill out the online form to initiate a request. You will need to fill out basic contact information, but the book, or item, information will already be filled out for you. 


  • NVC patrons are limited to 5 Interlibrary Loan requests at a time.
  • Textbooks will not be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Each lending library has its own policies that may restrict the types of items they are willing to loan.
  • Obtaining materials from other libraries requires time for search, processing and delivery. Materials may not be available immediately and the process can take up to a week or longer. If the materials are needed immediately, there may be faster options. Please speak with a librarian if your request is time-sensitive.