While we often boast of our 2+ million books and having access to thousands of journals at our fingertips, SMU libraries doesn’t have the budget or space to acquire everything. Interlibrary loan (ILL) is one of our workhorse services, giving us the ability to borrow materials from around the world. Recently SMU joined the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 32 research libraries in the central and western US. One big impact of joining this consortium is the speed we can get materials, dropping from weeks to days or even hours. If you’ve been dissatisfied with the time it takes to get books or articles in the past, I suggest you give ILL another try – you’ll likely be surprised!
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