Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

What is Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery?

  • MU faculty, staff and students can order journal articles, book chapters, and books at no charge.
  • Unaffiliated users may request items for a fee.

How can I place a request for journal articles and book chapters?

  • Search and place a request for a specific article all in one step using the finditatMU1_1 button found in library databases. If the article isn’t online, you can order a copy.
  • You can also use the blank Journal Article Request form to request journal articles in ILL@MU.

How do I search for and order books?

  • Find books via Discover@MU
  • If you have an exact title, you can use the Book Finder.
  • You can also use the blank Book Request form to request in ILL@MU

How do I receive/return materials?

  • Journal articles or book chapters are made available online in ILL@MU in PDF format. Email notices are sent to an MU email account when item(s) are available.
  • Books can be delivered to the 24/7 lockers, Ellis Library, or another campus library upon request.
  • Most requests for scanned articles and book chapters are received in 1-2 days; books sometimes take 1-2 weeks.

What kinds of materials can I borrow?

  • Books, book chapters, journal articles, and dissertations are the most common material types borrowed.
  • Due to financial constraints and the mission of the library, we cannot order items for personal use unrelated to work or study.

How can I check on the status of my requests?

  • Check on your requests in ILL@MU.
  • Email us if you have any questions.