Interlibrary Loan: R-MC’s Best-Kept Secret

Welcome back from Fall Break! As you settle back in for the rest of the semester and kick your research into high gear, I want to remind you about the Interlibrary Loan Service here at the McGraw-Page Library.

Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, is a free service you can use to borrow research materials not available from R-MC from other libraries. It can be a real research project saver! Below are some things to keep in mind when using the service.


Place your requests early! Waiting until the last minute to make an ILL request greatly reduces my chances of being able to get the research material you need. If you don’t know how to set up an ILL account or have forgotten how to get into your account then COME SEE ME, SEND ME AN EMAIL OR CALL ME! That’s why I’m here, and I’m always happy to help you!

By waiting until the last minute to request research material through ILL, you are only hurting yourself. Don’t do that, it’s not cool.


Having a complete and accurate citation greatly increases my chances of finding what you need and finding it quickly. Complete book and journal titles, book chapter and article titles, authors, volume and issue numbers, page numbers, they’re all important! Knowing an ISBN or ISSN is also helpful.


This doesn’t apply to book chapter and journal article copies, but if you borrow a book or other returnable material through ILL, please come get it when you get the notice that it’s here and ready for pickup! And if you come to get the book and realize it’s really not what you needed please tell the person at the Information Desk that you don’t need it and we’ll send back to the lender.


Please return you ILL book(s) on time! If you need an extension, please let me know and I will be happy to ask the lender for you. Repeated late returns of ILL books can cause a lender to block us from borrowing from them. That would hurt not only you, but everyone else here at R-MC. #NOTGOOD

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Interlibrary Loan Service and to create or log into your ILL account.

Kelli Salmon
kellisalmon [at]
Location: Behind the Reference Librarian’s Office