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Academic Publishing: Interlibrary Loan & CLICS

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Request

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service whereby QCC faculty, staff and students may obtain library materials that are not owned by the Kurt R. Schmeller Library or at any other CUNY library.

Article/Book-Chapter Request

If you cannot access the full text of an article you need in a database, click the Find it link to request it via ILL. You may also request an article via WorldCat.

Articles/book chapters will be delivered to your ILL account as a PDF file. Please download the article within 30 days, as copyright restrictions may apply if we re-order the article.

Book Request

If a book or other item is unavailable for loan within the CUNY+ Union Catalog, you may request it through ILL.

You may also ILL-request a non-CUNY owned book via WorldCat.


CUNY students, faculty and staff may request circulating books and cd’s from the collections of other CUNY libraries. These deliveries will be taken to the CUNY library that the patron requests.

Eligible Users
CLICS is limited to current students, faculty and staff at CUNY for whom a current patron record exists in the CUNY+PLUS library system.  They MUST have a valid electronic mail address.

How to Request Items on CLICS
Begin by selecting ALL CUNY Libraries in CUNY+PLUS.

After the book is located, click on the title to open the full record.

Click on Request.

Enter your 14 digit activated CUNY ID card number beginning with 22371 (no spaces).

Enter your password.  If you have not created a password, enter your CUNY ID card number again.

Click on: LOG IN

From the drop-down menu, select the CUNY library where you want to pick up the item.

Click on: GO


Eligible Material
Any circulating book or CD determined to be in good condition  by the lending library.

Non-Eligible Materials
Journals, reserve, reference, special collection, and archive materials as determined by the lending library.

  1. A HOLD cannot be placed on an item held at the user’s home library.
  2. If the requested HOLD item is on the shelf and available for loan, the lending library responds “Yes” and ships the book ASAP to the CUNY library pick-up location.
  3. The item is delivered within a few business days via a delivery service which makes daily deliveries to designated CUNY libraries. 
  4. When the item arrives at the CUNY library selected by the user, an e-mail notice is automatically sent to the patron.
  5. The book is placed on the HOLD shelf for approximately 10 days. 
  6. If the book is not picked up from the HOLD shelf, it is returned to the lending library.
  7. If the book is not on the shelf, the lending library deletes or cancels the HOLD. A HOLD cancellation letter is sent to the user. The patron is free to request or place a HOLD on the book if it is available at another CUNY library.

Circulation and overdue fine policies of the lending library apply.

Patrons may renew the book in MY Account in CUNY+PLUS as long as the item is not already overdue or there is not another patron requesting the book.

*For additional assistance, please see the Circulation staff or call (718) 631-6227.