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Materials Engineering: Obtaining items not at McGill

How to obtain items not available at the McGill Library

McGill students and staff may order articles and books that are not available at McGill branch libraries using our inter-library loan system, Colombo. Please do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with Colombo. Before requesting an inter-library loan, remember to search the library catalogue to check whether the library has the item you need.

To request an inter-library loan:
1- Visit 
2- Log in to Colombo using your McGill username and password.
3- Click on the "Create Request" link on the left-hand side of the page. 
4- Complete the online form.  Enter as much information as you have about the article or book.  If you need to leave some fields blank, do not worry about it.
5- Select a "Pickup Location" at the bottom of the form.  It is a required field on the form, even though you will be receiving a digital copy if you are requesting a journal article or book chapter.
6- Click on the "Request" button.  You will see a confirmation message.  Remember to sign out of Colombo.


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