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Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

Interlibrary Loan Items:

Interibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that obtains books, articles, and other materials not available at the Mount St. Joseph University Library, through the Library’s databases, or through OhioLINK or SearchOhio. This service is available for Mount students, faculty, staff and Sisters of Charity with a valid ID card. Items are loaned at the discretion of the owning library. You will be notified via email if we are unable to obtain your requested item. ILL service is not available to visiting and guest patrons of the Mount Library. If you need interlibrary loan assistance, please contact your home library (if you are an OhioLINK or SearchOhio Member) or your nearest public library.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form:

Complete our online form to request items through ILL.

Interlibrary Loan Books & Media:

Loan periods are solely determined by the lending library. Generally speaking, items borrowed through the ILL service have a loan period of 30 days.

You will receive an email notification when your requested item has arrived and is available for pickup.  ILL books and media are usually available within 7-10 business days from the time the request is submitted.

A Request for a renewal must be made prior to the due date. Renewals are granted at the discretion of the loaning library.

See Borrowing Guidelines for more information about Interlibrary Loan Books & Media.

Requesting Books & Media:

  • If you have a book, DVD, or other item citation, begin by searching the MSJ Library FOCUS Catalog.
  • If the MSJ Library does not own the item, also check the OhioLINK Central Catalog and request the item if available.
  • If the book, DVD, or other item is not available via the MSJ Library or OhioLINK, then please fill out an interlibrary loan request form.

Interlibrary Loan Articles:

Interlibrary Loan service obtains copies of magazine, journal and newspaper articles not available in the Mount Library or through the Library’s databases. This service is available for Mount students, faculty, staff  with a valid ID card, and Sisters of Charity with a valid guest card.

Copyright law permits only five (5) requests per journal title (for articles published within the last five years) to be obtained through ILL per year.

Requesting Articles:

  • If you have an article citation, begin by searching the Full Text Publication Finder to locate items in the Mount Library or a database.
  • When searching a database, look for a Full Text link in the following formats:
    • PDF Full Text
    • HTML Full Text
    • Full Text Finder
    • Or click on "Request this item through Interlibrary Loan"  to access the request form. 
  • If you already have a citation for a specific article that is not available via Full Text Publication Finder or FOCUS, fill out the request form
  • Articles are usually emailed to the requestor within 1-5 business days from the time the request is submitted.

Accessing Emailed Articles:

The Library will send requested articles to your email account with the subject line “The article you requested is now available.”  To access your requested article:

  • Copy the case-sensitive password.

  • Click on the link “Your requested file is available at…

  • Paste the password in the labeled box.

  • Click on Get my file.

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