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Interlibrary Loan: Renewals and Recalls

Instructional guide for Interlibrary Loan.

A Note about Due Dates

It is important to return ILL loans by their due date. Overdue ILLs can jeopardize our borrowing privileges with other libraries. This can prevent your fellow patrons from receiving the items they need for their research.

Can I Renew my ILL(s)?

Yes. Renewals should be asked for about 3-5 days before an item is due. This allows the Lending Library plenty of time to respond before the loan becomes overdue.

Due dates and renewals are determined by the Lending Library, but the majority of them are willing to renew items 1 time. Most ILL items are loaned out initially for 4 weeks. The renewal period can vary from 2-4 weeks. 

You can renew ILL loans directly from your library account. Log in to your library account and find the title of the loan(s) you wish to renew. If there is more than one item, use the check boxes to select all items you wish to renew. Then click on "Renew Selected ILLs". There is also a "Renew All ILLs" button that makes it quick and easy to renew multiple ILLs. 

Log back in to your library account in 1-3 days to see if your ILL(s) have been renewed. A new due date will appear by items that have been renewed. In case an item is not renewed, you should receive an email letting you know that the item is due by the original due date. If you still have need of an item that has not renewed, you may reorder the item from ILL and we will do our best to obtain it from another library.

You can always call (x2924), email (ill@mnstate.edu) or visit the ILL Desk if you are having difficulty renewing your ILLs.

Can my ILL be Recalled?

Yes. The Lending Library can recall their loan(s) at any time. If your ILL is recalled, you are required to return it by the new due date you will be given. Generally, recalled books need to be returned within 3 days. 

Recalled books that are not returned within 3 days of their new due date are subject to a $1.00 per day late fee.

If you still have need of the item, you may reorder it right away so that we can obtain another copy for you from a different library.