If your item is not immediately available from our library, there are several ways to get what you need.


Interlibrary Loan

IDS Express can be used to request a variety of materials including journal articles, physical books, book chapters, conference papers, media, patents, reports, theses, and standards from other libraries worldwide or from RIT Libraries' Offsite Collections. Global campus patrons should use IDS Express to place requests for materials held at the Henrietta campus. You can go directly to the website to place your request or click on the [MORE!] button while searching library databases for an item. Electronic items are delivered in PDF format.

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Connect NY


The ConnectNY catalog will be temporarily unavailable from March 12 until August 2021 due to system upgrades that will improve functionality and reduce costs for RIT Libraries. RIT patrons, including those at RIT's global campuses, can still borrow materials from ConnectNY, a consortium of academic libraries in New York State, and libraries worldwide by requesting them through IDS Express. To search for books beyond the RIT collections, librarians recommend using Worldcat. Information about other recommended search tools is available on InfoGuides.


RRLC Access Borrowing Card

The RRLC Access Card Program has been temporarily suspended through Spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) is a local network of libraries that provides a direct borrowing program. The Access Card allows you to visit a participating library and borrow directly from them. The Access Card Program is particularly helpful to users who need something from another collection immediately, who need to browse through a specialized collection, who lack sufficient bibliographic information for effective interlibrary loan, or who need to use resources which cannot be borrowed or photocopied.