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Borrowing from Other Libraries (Colombo): Request Other Types of Documents

This guide explains how to use Polytechnique's ILL service in order to obtain documents which are not part of the Library's collection.

Library Information

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Bibliothèque - Polytechnique Montréal
2500, chemin de Polytechnique
Montréal (Québec) H3T 1J4
Pavillon Lassonde, 7e étage
514 340-4666

Request Other Types of Documents

To complete your request

  1. Access Colombo;
  2. Choose one of the following two options:

Option A: Complete the form on the Colombo site

  1. In the left-hand menu, click on Demande PEB/ILL Request;
  2. Choose the type of document: select “Book” if that’s what you’re searching for;
  3. Enter all the information you know about the document: author, title, date, ISBN.


Option B: Search and request automatically in Colombo

  1. Choose a library catalogue profile (by default: “Québec universities”);
  2. Enter your search terms (without accents); preferably the ISBN number;
  3. DO NOT use abbreviations;
  4. Find the reference(s) in the search results. Click on Afficher/Details for more information;
  5. Click on Demander/Request and complete the form.


  1. Under Pickup Location, select École Polytechnique;
  2. To make another request, click again on Demande PEB/ILL Request;
  3. Click Fin de session/Sign Out when you’re done.

If you have several requests, click on Conserver/Save then, when you’re done, on Liste conservée/Saved List in the left-hand menu. When your list is displayed, click on Demander/Request.