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ILLiad’s odyssey

Every day, books and other library materials wing their way around the world through an interlibrary loan system — and now, a million different requests have flown to and from Cornell.

This month, the Interlibrary Services departments in Olin, Mann and law reached request number 1,000,000 through its interlibrary loan system, ILLiad. (The millionth title was the novel “Cloud Atlas,” borrowed from Keuka College.)

The system allows users to borrow books, articles and other items from participating libraries or universities. The library began using ILLiad in 2000 and was only the 17th library in the country to adopt the system, now used by nearly 1,200 libraries around the world.

Requests come from as close as the Library Annex to as far away as the National Library of China, and scholars around the world benefit from Cornell’s unique holdings and collections.


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