What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan is a service that allows users to request material not owned by the MCA library. The MCA library will borrow material from other libraries on your behalf.
Who can use ILL?
ILL is available to MCA graduate students and faculty.
What can I borrow?
Books and copies of articles are most typical. Other formats such as CDs, DVDs, Microfilm, and dissertations are more difficult to borrow and may not be available. If the material you want to borrow is available from a Memphis library we have reciprocal borrowing agreements with (see list here) we ask that you borrow from that library instead of making an interlibrary loan request. To find items in nearby libraries, use worldcat.org
How much can I borrow?
Each user is allowed up to 5 book/media requests per week and up to 5 article requests per week.
Is there a cost?
There is no charge for the use of ILL services.
How do I make a request?
Please fill out an ILL request form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form is available here: ILL Request Form
How long does it take?
It typically takes between 1-2 weeks for print material to arrive. Articles can typically be made available digitally within 1-2 days.
What happens when my request arrives?
We will email when your loan is available. Print material can be picked up at the library service desk. Digital articles will be emailed to you.
How long do I get to keep material?
Print material can be kept for 3 weeks (unless otherwise noted). Digital articles do not need to be returned.