Virtual Catalog & Interlibrary Loan

When books, microfilm, audiovisual materials and periodical articles are not available via the Minuteman Library Network Catalog, these materials may be available via either the Virtual Catalog (try this option first) or then the Interlibrary Loan system.

1. Virtual Catalog

The Virtual Catalog is currently unavailable for direct requests. In the coming months, both the Minuteman system and the statewide Virtual Catalog system will undergo software upgrades. This requires the suspension of direct Virtual Catalog requests until all of the new virtual catalog functions are in place.

During this time if you need items that are not available within the Minuteman Network, you may request them in person at the Reference Desk, by telephone at (617) 796-1380, or by filling out the online request form available here

2.Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Materials not available from non-Minuteman or Virtual Catalog Libraries may be obtained after you submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.

You may do this in person at the Reference Desk, by telephone at (617) 796-1380, or by filling out the online request form available here

When using the online Interlibrary Loan request form, fill out as much information as possible about the item you want. Your request will be processed by the Interlibrary Loan Department. If there are questions about your request, you will be contacted by telephone or by email. Please allow at least 2 weeks for receipt of books or media items. Articles usually arrive within a few days. You will be contacted as soon as the item you requested has arrived. If we are unable to obtain the item you requested, you will also be notified. For any question regarding your request, call the Reference Department at (617) 796-1380.