Mississippi College

Leland Speed Library

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which materials not available in the Speed Library may be obtained from other libraries.

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

Electronic request forms for articles and books are located on Speed Library’s Interlibrary Loan page, located under “Services” on the library website. Before submitting a book request, check  MICAL to be sure the item is not available at Speed Library. Before placing an article request, search for the journal title in Journal Finder to see if the library subscribes to the journal, either in a database or in the periodical collection on the library’s top floor. If the title is found, search for the year and volume to ensure the article is available through Speed Library. Each request should include complete and accurate information about the item requested and should include the source of the citation. Please complete a separate request form for each item.

Note to Distance Education Students:

Books requested through ILL must be picked up at the Speed Library circulation 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

The Interlibrary Loan staff will try to obtain 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
  • Photocopies of journal articles (libraries do not lend whole issues of journals)
  • Dissertations and theses (some libraries will lend dissertations and theses, but those dissertations not available   for loan may be purchased by the patron directly from the database ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I)
  • Microfilm (some libraries will lend newspapers or other materials on microfilm.)

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 Circulation 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. Renewals of ILL books should be requested only in unusual circumstances. If a renewal request is necessary, renewals must be requested at least four days prior to the due date. Requests should be made by emailing the ILL office at ill@mc.edu.
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 Circulation 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.