A lot of older materials that are in the public domain (pre-1923) have been digitized and are available via the Internet. No need to request via interlibrary loan as you can access full-view documents directly.
Check these web sites:
Hathi Trust - as Brandeis is a partner institute of Hathi, you can access thousands of full-text downloadable pdfs of digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in-copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives.
Internet Archive - access books digitized by Brandeis Libraries and other institutions as part of the Open Content Alliance
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Information and Borrowing Desk:
Phone: 781-736-5626 (or 781-736-LOAN)
Problems or emergencies:
Contact the Interlibrary Loan department during business hours. If you need to report a problem after 4:30pm or during the weekend, please contact the Information and Borrowing Desk.
Library, Interlibrary Loan
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