End of the semester Interlibrary Loan… time may NOT be on your side.

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We’re always happy to help you find whatever it is you need, whether it comes from here in our own library or from somewhere out in the world via Interlibrary Loan.  But as we get closer to the end-of-the-semester crunch time, we do feel the need to remind everyone that Interlibrary Loan can take some time, particularly for physical items that may be sent through the mail.  As such, it might not be the best option for your last-minute, “Hail Mary” pass sorts of needs, even if we can find a library here in Rhode Island that a.) has the item you need; and b.) can actually supply it, because even in-state requests can take 3 to 5 business days.

Of course, if you still want to attempt the request, by all means go for it, we’re happy to help out in any way we can; that’s our whole deal here.  We just want to help manage your expectations a little and save you some frustration if the thing you’re hoping to find takes longer to arrive than you want or need.

Also, it’s a stone cold bummer to have to tell y’all that stuff won’t be here in time.

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