interlibrary loan


noun

a system by which one library obtains a work for a user by borrowing it from another library.
a loan made by this system.

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Origin of interlibrary loan

First recorded in 1925–30; inter- + library
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British Dictionary definitions for interlibrary loan

interlibrary loan
/ (ˌɪntəˈlaɪbrərɪ) /

noun

a system by which libraries borrow publications from other libraries
  1. an instance of such borrowing
  2. a publication so borrowed
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