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Interlibrary Loan: Distance Education Students Start Here

Instructional guide for Interlibrary Loan.

Click image to log in to your library account

Click the image above to be taken to the Log-in page. It is easier to search and request if you log in to the MSUM Library website first.

What Library Services are available for Distance Ed students?

As a Distance Education Student registered at MSUM, you have the added privilege of being able to request MSUM materials be mailed to you at your home. You are then required to mail them back to MSUM or return them in person. We will also copy articles from journals that we own and send a PDF to your email. There is no additional charge for this service. 

When you make an ILL request as a distance ed student, please be sure to include a note on each ILL request stating that you need materials mailed to your home. You do not need to include your address on each request as long as it is current in your library record. You can verify your home address by checking under Profile when logged into your library account.

What number do I use to Log-in to the MSUM Library website?

To log in to the Library Homepage, you can use your StarID, your Dragon ID Number or your Barcode Number. If you have never been to campus to have a Dragon ID card created, you won't have a Barcode Number. In this case, when you are asked for your 14-digit Barcode, you will want to use your Dragon ID number instead. It needs to be in the form of: TRMxxxxxxxx. Your password to log in to the website is your last name in ALL CAPS.

Have additional questions? Contact Us!

Location:
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Main Library, Room 105
(218)477-2924
ill@mnstate.edu

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.     Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing Address:
Interlibrary Loan
MSUM
1104 7th Ave S
Moorhead, MN  56563

OCLC Symbol: MUO

How do I Request an ILL?

ILL Requests may be made from the MnPals catalog directly through your library account or from our library databases

To request through your MSUM Library account:

  • Login to your Library account:   https://mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/MyResearch/UserLogin
  • On the right side of the page, under My Account, select the type of media you would like to request. For example, for a book, video, or DVD click on “Book Request.” For a copy from a journal, “Article Request.”
  • Complete the form provided to the best of your ability. The more information you provide about the item, the easier it is for us to find it and the quicker we will be able to get it for you. If you have information that does not fit in the usual citation fields, please include them in the “Notes” field.
  • If you are a Distance Ed student, be sure to include that information in the "Notes" field of every request you make.
  • Click “Submit Request.”
  • Your request should now appear in your “Outstanding Requests.”

To request through our DATABASES:

  • From the library homepage, click on Research Tools. There are links to the MnPals Catalog as well as our Database List. If you are looking for books, the MnPals Catalog can quickly find books that are available in MN (they will get here the soonest!). You can also search in WorldCat for books from around the U.S. However, be aware that they can take up to 14 days to arrive. If you are searching for articles, our Database List can narrow down your search by subject or topic
  • Once you have found an item you need, click the “Interlibrary Loan,” “Request Item,” or “ILL Request” button that is generally right below the citation.
  • Log in to your library account if you have not already done so. If you are logging in at this point, you will need to use your Library 14-digit Barcode (20104xxxxxxxxx) or Dragon ID (TRMxxxxxxxx) and password (usually your last name in all CAPS) instead of your StarID. Both of these numbers can be found on your Dragon Card
  • Verify that the request page has been filled in correctly. Some or all of the citation for the item being requested should fill in automatically.
  • Add additional information if necessary.
  • Click “Submit Request.”
  • Your request should now appear in your “Outstanding Requests.”

Having trouble with a tricky citation? Can't find what you need? Unsure of what you need? Our helpful librarians at the Reference Desk are available to help you with your research.