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Interlibrary Loan: ILL Alternatives: Home

Here are alternate resources to finding library materials

Public Libraries

Can't wait for ILL materials? Consider these alternate resources, alongside the Mertz Library.

Search your local library catalog and see what's available in your area. Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in New York State is eligible to apply for a  free, public library card. To retrieve materials, apply online for an electronic library card or visit your local public library for a physical card - ( click the links below)  :


  •       New York Public Library                                                                       New York Public Library logo   

     Get Your Library Card --  NYPL Library Card application



      Get Your Library Card -- BKLYN Library Card application



        Get Your Library Card -- QPL Library Card application


Library Mobile App: Libby By Overdrive

You can read thousands of electronic books and hear audiobooks by downloading the library reading app on your electronic device , ​Libby App by Overdrive .

Using your public library barcode ( NYPL, BKLYN, QPL) users can  access a wealth of information for FREE! Libby by Overdrive Mobile device sample


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Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

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(METRO) library referrals - grants a single-day, on-site access pass to associated member libraries, based on the need for an item that is otherwise unavailable.

To place a METRO request, consult with a librarian via email or visit the Mertz Library circulation desk.

*** (Outside library reopening plans vary, access restrictions may apply.) 

WorldCat ( OCLC)

WorldCat logoConsidered as the "World's Largest Library Catalog" helps users find materials in their local library and over 10,000 libraries worldwide, generate research citations and refine searches including author, content (subject), format, year of publication and language. The WorldCat interface is available in 13 different languages, you will notice the option to change the interface language at the bottom of the main page. The items presented to a user for a particular search remain the same regardless of the interface language.

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