Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a service that allows students, faculty and staff of the college to request books, articles and other materials from other libraries. The materials are sent to McCain Library. After you have been notified of their arrival, ILL materials can be picked up at the Circulation desk. Electronic materials, including book chapters and articles, will be emailed to your Agnes email account.

NOTE: Because it is both a McCain Library expense and a privilege for us to borrow on your behalf from lending libraries, you may request the same title no more than twice in an academic year. Please make full use of the materials while you have them on loan. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Request

The WorldCat catalog includes an interlibrary loan link that allows patrons to place a request for needed materials. Visit this link for directions. Alternately, patrons can complete a Request a Book or Request an Article form. Be sure to fill out the forms completely - missing information will lead to delays in the processing of your request.

Before filling out the request, be sure that McCain Library does not own the materials. Check WorldCat for books; check Find Journals to see if we have access to the journal in print or microfilm, or in full-text online.


Note for faculty members: items requested through interlibrary loan, such as books or videos, cannot be placed on reserve for courses. This violates copyright laws.

Note for students: you may only have 10 active book requests at one time. There is no limit on article requests. If you have overdue items, new ILL requests will not be processed until the overdue items are renewed or returned. 

Material that ordinarily cannot be requested:

  • periodical issues or volumes
  • audiovisual material
  • software
  • materials for class, reserve, or group use
  • fragile, rare or valuable materials
  • reference books
  • textbooks
  • theses or dissertations


Material usually takes 3 days to 10 days to arrive, but may take longer. The status of requests can be seen by viewing your library account. They can then be picked up at the Circulation Desk on Floor 1. Books will be sent back to the lending library if not picked up within 10 days.

Cost & Overdue Fines

This service is free to users, but each transaction does incur a cost for McCain Library.  Please use ILL judiciously. Overdue items accrue a fine of $1 per day for students.

Loan Periods

ILL books are typically loaned for three weeks. Some loan periods may be shorter as determined by the lending library. Renewal requests must be submitted by email ( at least 3 days before the book is due. Renewal is at the discretion of the lending library. To process a renewal request it is necessary to supply both the title and the ILL number for each book.

Books borrowed through interlibrary loan are subject to recall by their owning institution at any time.

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