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 ARE generally available from ILL:
Items that ARE NOT generally 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 24 hours. ILL Staff works Monday-Friday. Please allow time for processing when requesting materials on the weekends.
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 request material from libraries within the Tri-State area first whenever possible. These local loan requests can take anywhere from 3-5 working days to arrive. However, items that are coming from outside of MN or ND, may take up to 14 days as they must be sent via US Mail.
Please plan ahead when ordering books.
Every ILL request is checked first for availability within our library, including our digital 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. For more information on Holds, see the Holds Libguide.
If the library owns a physical journal title that contains an article you request, we will put a Hold on the journal you need. You will receive an email when the journal is available for pick up at the Circulation Desk. There are scanners and copiers available in the library for your use.
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.
Notice of Copyright:
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, Libraries and Archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.
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.