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Interlibrary Loan

Contacting ILL

If you want to renew material or have any questions, suggestions, or comments for the New York State Library Interlibrary Loan Unit, you may contact us in any of the following ways:


Phone: (518) 474-2645
(You may get voice mail.)


ILL Unit
New York State Library, 6th floor
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230

FAX: (518) 474-5786

The New York State Library provides interlibrary loan (ILL) service to New York State government and makes its research resources available to other libraries through interlibrary loan.

The New York State Library accept interlibrary loan lending requests from libraries via:

  • OCLC (Symbol: NYG)
  • CDLC ILL eForm
  • DueNorth
  • SEAL
  • NYSL online request form (for libraries)


The newspaper collection includes both film and print. Newspapers on film (except for The New York Times) may be borrowed through interlibrary loan, with a limit of five reels per title per request. Newspapers in paper format may be used at the State Library if condition permits. Many newspapers in paper format are stored in another building. Users must request them one work-day in advance of use.

General Public

Within New York State

All New York State citizens have access to the resources of the State Library through their local library or library system. Most books are loaned at no charge for 12 weeks. Within copyright restrictions, photocopies of noncirculating material will be supplied to libraries within New York State at no charge.

Outside New York State

The New York State Library only accepts interlibrary loan requests from libraries. Books and microforms are lent, when possible, for 12 weeks. Within copyright restrictions, photocopies of portions of non-circulating materials may be provided.

The New York State Library charges a fee of $20.00 for all filled out-of-state and foreign interlibrary loan requests. The New York State Library bills for shipping charges for out-of-country requests.

Borrowers: New York State Government Employees

NY State Government employees who are registered borrowers may make work-related interlibrary loan requests for materials not owned by the State Library:

  • through State agency libraries
  • by telephone to (518) 474-5355 (limited to three requests)
  • by mail
  • through a reference librarian at the State Library
  • through the online form (for individuals)

Copies of the forms and additional information about their use may be obtained by calling (518) 474-2274.

Note: SUNY and CUNY employees must make requests through their university or college library.

ILL Request Form

Please fill out the NYSL online request form if you are a NY State Library that does not currently participate in any of our accepted request methods.

Last Updated: June 8, 2021