Student Initiated Interlibrary Loans

Student Initiated Interlibrary Loans

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Interlibrary Loan Policy

Purpose of Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service provides access to materials that are not available at your home campus Mid-State Library or at any Mid-State Library. Mid-Stateuses WISCAT as our primary source for ILLs. WISCAT is one of the largest physical statewide union catalogs in the country, containing seven million titles and more than 32 million holdings from over 1200 contributing libraries. The catalog contains material in all formats, including books, periodicals (such as magazines), videorecordings, sound recordings, and other audiovisual formats.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The purpose of interlibrary loan is to obtain materials not available in the library and to provide material from the collection to other libraries. The sharing of material between libraries is an integral element in the provision of library service and believes it to be in the public interest to encourage such an exchange.

The Mid-State library endorses the principles related to interlibrary loan in the ALA National Interlibrary Loan Code.

  1. The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.
  2. Under certain conditions specified in the Law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a copy not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research."
  3. If a user makes a request for, and later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Mid-State library reserves the rights to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Who May Use Interlibrary Loan?

Mid-State and Lakeland University faculty, staff and students are eligible to borrow items through ILL. A library card is required. Community users should contact their local public library for ILL requests.


There is no cost to use ILL. The library borrower is responsible for lost or damaged items.

ILL Requests

It is preferable that requests be submitted via the library's "Interlibrary Loan Requests" link found on the library's homepage. Submitting a printout of requested material, or by providing complete information (e.g., title, author, periodical issue, volume, page number) is also acceptable. Patron name, library card number, Mid-State email address, and phone number are required. Please indicate if there is a deadline.

Arrival Time

Delivery time varies depending on the availability of the materials and the location of the lending library. Requested items between Mid-State libraries usually arrive within 1-2 days. Items from other libraries usually arrive between 7-14 days after the request has been placed. Items that are more difficult to locate may take up to four weeks or longer to arrive, so please plan ahead.


Patrons will be notified via email or phone. Pick up of materials will be at your home campus library.

Loan Period

The lending library determines the loan period, which may vary from two to four weeks. Due dates will be located on the item. If a longer loan period is desired, renewals must be requested prior to the due date and are at the discretion of the lending library. Limitations such as "No Renewal" and "In Library Use Only" must be honored.

Returning Materials

All materials borrowed through ILL must be returned to your home campus library. Photocopies of requested articles are for the patron to keep.