InterLibrary Loan: ComCat helps you find books statewide

[Originally posted at Robbins Library Blog]

You saw an amazing book at your friend’s house called Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books , but you can’t find it in your library’s online catalog.

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When you visit the library for help, you’re sent to “Reference” where a librarian busily types at her keyboard. You hear her mention something called “ILL”….”ComCat”….”WorldCat”…um, what are all these cats?

Welcome to the beautiful world of inter-library loan –  ILL! It’s all about libraries sharing* books, DVDs, CDs, playaways – whatever they’ve got – with the patrons who want them, wherever they are. Let’s take this one cat a time.
ComCat stands for Commonwealth Catalog, which allows you to search beyond the libraries in the Minuteman Library Network (shown below in blue). With ComCat, you can search the collections of the eight other Massachusetts library networks.

Using ComCat, it’s easy to search and request items yourself! They’ll be shipped to Robbins Library and you’ll be notified when they arrive. Just get your library card number and password  handy, and head to

1. Enter the title (or author, or keyword) to search:


2. Click on the title you want:


 3. On the next window, click “request”, then fill in the info below and “submit”.


Good luck searching! Next time, WorldCat!


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