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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Office borrows materials from and lends materials to other libraries in the United States and many other countries.

Explanation of the ILL Process

When we receive your request, we:
  • Review the request to ensure we have adequate information
  • Verify the item is not available at the University of Missouri - St. Louis Libraries
  • Verify the item is not available from any MERLIN/MOBIUS libraries
  • Search libraries and other possible sources for the item
  • Request the item. The request goes to a series of libraries until one confirms that they can supply it. Each library has up to four business days to make this determination
  • Examine and check in the item
  • Notify patron the item is ready for pick-up or mail the item

Shipping time varies. Article and book chapters usually take from two to ten days. Books and theses typically take longer, five to 14 days. Since this is a cooperative process between libraries, we cannot guarantee delivery times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interlibrary Loan: Frequently Asked Questions