Library Services

About Interlibrary Loan

What is the Interlibrary Loan Service?

The Interlibrary Loan Service is a way for USM faculty, staff, and graduate students to obtain library materials not available at USM by requesting those materials from other institutions.

Can any Item be Delivered?
Whether an item will be lent by another library is dependent on the policies of that library. Most libraries will lend books, microfilm, and other monographic materials. Journal articles are sent as photocopies and do not have to be returned. Items that may be hard to obtain include: some dissertations, theses, music scores, entire issues of journals, periodicals, or newspapers. Items that most likely will not be lent include: old and/or rare books, genealogical materials, audio-visual materials, reference books, and software.

How Long does Delivery Take?
Materials usually arrive at USM within ten to fourteen working days after a patron gives the Interlibrary Loan staff a request. In some instances the process may take longer.

How do I Request Materials?
The online Interlibrary Loan form is available through Illiad. To submit a Interlibrary Loan form for books or articles, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into Illiad, by using your 10 digit USM ID.
  2. Complete form online, and submit.

Other Information
Length of Loan/SpecialTerms/Recalls
Overdue Materials
Picking Up and Returning Materials
Request Procedures
Requesting a Renewal
Unfilled Requests

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