Interlibrary Loan is a service available to MSUM faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students that allows them to request books, articles, and media from libraries in Minnesota and beyond.
In general, most any item held by a library in the U.S. may be requested. However, some items may be more difficult to obtain than others and may take longer to arrive.
Please plan ahead if you need ILL materials.
What types of materials can I request through ILL?
Items that generally ARE available from ILL:
Items generally NOT available from ILL:
If you are looking for a rare or hard-to-find item and are not sure how to request it, please ask our staff for assistance.
We will make every attempt to process your request within 48 hours.
Most copies arrive within 24-48 hours after processing by ILL staff. A PDF of your requested material will be sent directly to your MSUM email account.
We are now requesting material from libraries outside the Tri-State area. Local loans requests are taking anywhere from 5-7 working days to arrive. However, items that are coming from outside of MN or ND, may take up to 14 days as they are shipped via US Mail.
Please plan ahead when ordering books.
Every ILL request is checked first for availability within our holdings.
If the MSUM Library owns a book(s) you request, we will change your ILL request to a Hold Request and pull the item(s) for you. You will receive an email letting you know when the item is available for pickup. Contactless Pickup will continue until school starts on Aug 24th.
If the library owns a journal title that contains an article you request, we will pull the journal and make the copy for you. It will be sent as a PDF to your email address. This service will continue throughout the Fall Semester.
If an article you request is found in an online journal, you will be directed to the Library's "Journals A-Z list".
Finally, if we don't own it, we will request the item from another library for your use. When your item is available, you will receive email notification. When requesting articles, they will be delivered directly to your email as a PDF.
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 my ILL be recalled?
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 need the item, you may reorder it right away so that we can obtain another copy for you from a different library.
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Main Library, Room 105
PH: (218)477-2924 Fax: (218)477-5924
1104 7th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56563
OCLC Symbol: MUO
Still 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.