After reviewing this information, you will be able to:
Get Books from Other Libraries
In addition to all the books we have here at Memorial Library, you also have access to books from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service, or ILL. Interlibrary Loans send you the requested book for free to rent like a regular book. Use the information below to find and request books from other libraries.
First, go to our Library Homepage. Just under the MavScholar search, there's a link for WorldCat.
Once you navigate there, use the search bar to search for the title or topic of your book.
Now, look for the book you want. Use the filter options to search Memorial Library or libraries worldwide, different formats, authors, or dates.
Under each title it should tell you what kind of item it is. For books we have here at Memorial Library, it will say "Held by: Minnesota State University - Mankato."
For all items not offered through Memorial Library, you will need to request the item. Follow the directions below to request an item.
Once you find the item you want to borrow through WorldCat, requesting the book it pretty simple.
First, click on the title of the item you want to borrow.
Book details should appear next to the book, along with a large "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button. Click this button.
Next, you'll need to click the "Interlibrary Loan and/or Request" link.
After this, you will need to login. Use the 14 digit code on the back of your MavCard for your "User ID" (not your StarID) and your last name for your password.
Once logged in, you will see an Interlibrary Loan request form. The form should auto-fill the book's information, but double check the information. There's a notes area where you can add any special instructions. Make sure you agree to the statement, then click the "go" button to submit your request.
After this, you should see a screen that verifies that your ILL request was submitted. Congratulations! Your book is on its way.
Once you've ordered an Interlibrary loan, it could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to get the book.
Once your book arrives, you'll get an email. It'll have your book information, along with instructions.
Once you get this email, come into the library as soon as possible. They'll only keep the book for a few weeks before sending it back to the other library. Come to the front Circulation desk.
Your MavCard is required to checkout the book. Inside the book, there will be purple paper-work. Keep the purple paperwork with the book at all times.
The paperwork in the book has important information, including the book's information, return and renewal information, and the due date of the book. Make sure you bring the book back on time so you aren’t charged a late fee and so we have enough time to ship it back to its home library!
To return the book, merely bring it (with the ILL paperwork) back to the library! We'll take care of the rest.
Renew or Cancel an ILL
To renew or cancel an ILL, you'll need to go to your "My Library Account." You can find the link on the library's homepage.
Login to your account. Use the 14 digit barcode number from the back of your MavCard for your username, and your last name for your password.
Once logged in, navigate to the "ILL Requests" tab to see your current loans and requests.
Once in this window, select which of your ILL items you wish to alter by checking the small box by the title. Then, select either the "Renew" or "Cancel" buttons to renew or cancel your ILL request.
Other ILL Information and Requests
If you have any more questions about ILLs, or need to request something in a different way, check out the Interlibrary Loan's page .
If you have any trouble concerning books or finding books, please talk to a librarian.
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