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Interlibrary Loan

Free services to obtain articles, books, and more from a national network of libraries to supplement the Speed Library collection.

ILL Policies

Eligible Users

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which materials not available in Speed Library may be obtained from other libraries. ILL services are provided for current Mississippi College faculty, staff, and students. Patrons who are not currently enrolled at Mississippi College or are not members of the university's faculty and staff should use the interlibrary loan service provided by their local public library.

Requesting Material on ILL

Using the appropriate form, include complete and accurate information about the item requested. Please complete a separate request form for each item.

Article request forms are also integrated into EBSCO database search results.

Note to Distance Education Students:

Books requested through ILL must be picked up at the Speed Library main desk. Distance education students who are not within driving distance of the MC campus should use their local public library’s interlibrary loan service to request books.

Types of Material Available Through ILL

ILL staff will order materials not owned by Speed Library, items that have been declared lost, or materials that are checked out to another patron.
Items obtainable through Interlibrary Loan include:

·         Books for students who are within driving distance of the MC campus

·         Journal articles (libraries do not lend whole issues of journals)

·         Dissertations and theses (some libraries will lend dissertations and theses, but those not available for loan may be purchased by the patron directly from the database ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I)

Length of Time to Receive Material

Speed Library processes ILL requests within 24 hours of receipt, except on weekends and holidays. The time it takes to receive items varies from one to three weeks, according to the response time of the lending library.


Speed Library does not charge borrowers for ILL services. Many libraries in the state and region have ILL reciprocal agreements concerning charges and no fees or photocopy charges are levied.

Materials Received Notification

When an item arrives at Speed Library, the borrower will receive a notification email via MC email. Books requested through ILL must be picked up at the Speed Library main desk. Article notifications include either the article as an attachment, or instructions for access.

Loan Period

The lending library determines the loan period for books. The loan time for most books borrowed through ILL is two to four weeks. If a renewal is necessary, requests should be submitted at least four days prior to the due date by emailing the ILL office at
The lending library establishes the conditions under which borrowed material must be used. Items may be restricted to use in the library only, photocopying may be prohibited, etc. A borrower's failure to comply with the conditions of a loan could jeopardize his or her interlibrary loan privileges.

Returning Interlibrary Loan Material

Borrowers are responsible for the prompt return of loaned materials. Please return all ILL materials directly to the Speed Library main desk. Items borrowed via interlibrary loan should never be placed in the book drop.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law

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