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After reviewing this information, you will be able to:

  • Use WorldCat to find books from other libraries
  • Request books from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan service

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Requesting Books through ILL

Get Books from Other Libraries

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. 

find the worldcat link on the Mavscholar search box

Once you navigate there, use the search bar to search for the title or topic of your book.

type the title or topic word in the search bar and hit the search button

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." 

use search filters to narrow results by library, format, author, or date. Check under the title of an item to see what kind of item it is. Any item that says held by minnesota state university mankato is in our library materiasl

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. 

Click on the title of the item you want to request

Book details should appear next to the book, along with a large "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button. Click this button.

Click on request item through interlibrary loan button to request book

Next, you'll need to click the "Interlibrary Loan and/or Request" link. 

use the interlibrary loan and or request link to continue with the book request

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.

use the barcode number from the back of your mavcard for your  user ID and your last name for 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. 

double check the book information just to make sure. add any notes for the book  you might have, then agree to the statement, and hit the go button

After this, you should see a screen that verifies that your ILL request was submitted. Congratulations! Your book is on its way. 

there will be a statement that says the ILL was successfully registered.

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. 

keep an eye out in your email. the email should be called ILL arrival. it will have book information as well.

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. 

all interlibrary loan books are at the circular 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. 

Interlibrary loan paperwork will be in your book when you get it. keep it 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!

the paperwork will have the due date written on it, along with directions for return and renewal

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. 

search for the link that says my library account, usually just under the mavscholar search

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. 

use your last name for your password and the 14 digit barcode number from the back of your mavcard to login

Once logged in, navigate to the "ILL Requests" tab to see your current loans and requests. 

navigate to ILL requests tab under your account options.

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.

use the links to select either renew or cancel for one or all interlibrary loan items

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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