Interlibrary Loans

What is Interlibrary loan (ILL)?
ILL is a service through which MCC students, faculty, staff and retirees can request materials owned by other libraries.

What material is available?
Books, periodical articles, newspapers on microfilm, ERIC documents and music scores may be requested.

What material is not available?
Complete volumes/issues of periodicals, audio-visual materials and materials that are noncirculating or in high demand are not available for interlibrary lending.

How long will it take to receive interlibrary material?
The time taken for an interlibrary loan is affected by numerous factors, most of which are beyond the library’s immediate control. Usually, it takes 1-3 weeks to receive a book and 2 to 7 days to receive a periodical article.

How long is the loan period?
Lending libraries determine the loan period of their materials, fines and whether or not renewals are allowed. A renewal request should be made two days prior to the due date.

Does it cost anything?
There is no charge for routine use of this service. However, if costs for a loan or photocopy exceed what is customary and usual for the library, we will contact you to ask if you would be willing to pay before the item is requested.

How will I be notified?
We will contact you by phone or email as soon as we receive the material.

Where do I pick up the material?
You may pick up and return the material at the Damato Library circulation desk during our regular hours. If the book is not picked up before the due date, it will be returned to the lending library.

What is the copyright law?
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 reproduction. 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.

How do I submit a request?
You can use the Books and Periodicals request form links below. A separate form must be filled out for each item you wish to borrow. You may submit a request by completing an Interlibrary Loan Request at the circulation desk. You may fax us the form.

Click Here for Books
Click Here for Periodicals

Contact Person

If you have additional questions about interlibrary loan, please contact our Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Christi Geisinger, by email or telephone at 860-512-2886.