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Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan Department (ILL) provides faculty, staff and students with research materials not available on this campus.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I Renew an Interlibrary Loan Book?
Some ILL books can be renewed if you ask at least three days before the due date. Most libraries will allow one renewal, but if it is denied you must return the book and we will request it again from another library if you still need it.

2. How Can I Request an Interlibrary Loan?
You may submit ILL requests by using the forms above or by using the ILL request feature in online databases such as WorldCat, Academic Search Complete and BIG Search
Please check the Library's catalog and journals list before submitting requests. Fill out each form completely.

We will process your requests as soon as possible, but, in order to serve everyone fairly, we may have to delay some of your requests if you submit a large number at one time. You may want to prioritize them before submitting.

3. How Long Does Interlibrary Loan Take?
Most ILL requests are filled in about two weeks. Articles frequently arrive in about 5 to 7 days, but books take longer to travel through the mail. The ILL staff can't guarantee an arrival date, but can keep you updated on your request. The best advice is to request an item as soon as possible. Consider starting your research early if you feel that you will need something via interlibrary loan. If you're in a hurry, ask about rush delivery and we will work with you to expedite requests.

4. How Much Does Interlibrary Loan Cost?
Most requests are filled without charge because we have lending agreements with many other libraries. However, we will notify you in advance if there is a charge.

5. How Will I Know When My Item Arrives?
You will be notified by e-mail when your request arrives. All books and articles will be held for you at the Library's Main Desk where you may pick them up. Any charges must be paid before you receive the material.

6. What about copyright?
Books and articles obtained through interlibrary loan are for your research use only and are subject to the same copyright restrictions as materials owned by Millsaps College Library. If you have questions about copyright contact the Library.

7. What if I Return Interlibrary Loan Books Late?
Books have a due date set by the lending library and must be returned to the Main Desk by that date. Overdue fines are $1.00 per day, per book, and, if unpaid, can result in suspension of ILL and other library borrowing privileges as well as Business Office charges. Lost or damaged ILL books will be assessed by the lending library and appropriate amounts charged.

It is important that items borrowed through interlibrary loan be returned on time. These items were lent to us as a favor by the lending library, and if we do not respect their due dates they may refuse to lend to us in the future. This results in a loss to the entire Millsaps community.

8. What is Interlibrary Loan? Document Delivery?
When you need material that is not in the Millsaps-Wilson Library we can get it for you through Interlibrary Loan from another library. The Library has agreements with many other libraries which will lend books and provide copies of articles.

Books and copies of articles can usually be obtained quickly. Newspapers, entire issues or volumes of journals, rare books, videos and microforms are sometimes difficult to obtain. Dissertations and theses are frequently owned only by the institution at which they were written and can also be difficult to obtain. We will make every attempt to get the material you need.

Interlibrary loan service is available only to Millsaps Collage faculty, students, staff, and other registered borrowers. If you are not a registered Millsaps College borrower you may use ILL services at a library where you have privileges.

Questions or comments about ILL? email ill@millsaps.edu or call 974-1090.

9. Where do I Return Interlibrary Loan books?
Return books to the Library's Main Desk. Make sure the book cover band is on the book so we will know it is for ILL. Please do not leave ILL books in the book drop.

Copies of articles are yours to keep and do not have to be returned.

10. Who may use Interlibrary Loan?
Current faculty, students, faculty emeriti, administrators and staff of Millsaps College are eligible to use this service for free. Other Millsaps Library card holders may be charged.