Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a resource requesting service offered by NMU Olson Library. Although ILL allows you to request all kinds of resources it is best used for things we cannot receive through Melcat like journal articles. The average time to get a ILL depends on the type of resource; articles usually take one week, whereas books can take up to three weeks. Once your item arrives you’ll be notified via email.  NOTE, you cannot request items that we own or are currently checked-out.

To place an interlibrary loan request you must first go to the library services tab and select ILL, which has been highlighted in pink.



This will take you to an information page that tells you everything you need to know about ILL. The link next to the green arrow takes you to the ILL homepage after you logon to the system with your NMU ID and password.


Once you are directed to the ILL home page you have to select the type of material you want to request. NOTE, if you haven’t used ILL before you will first be asked to create an account by providing your local address and phone number before being taken to the homepage.

You can choose the kind of resource you want by clicking on one of the request buttons by the red arrow.


If you want to request an article fill out all of the fields. To get the item in a timely matter, make sure you enter the citation information correctly.  Once you submit the request, we will let you know when the item arrives by email.



If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the front desk, give us a call or send us an email or chat!

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