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InterLibrary Loan

A book not owned by Owens Library or through MOBIUS may be borrowed from other libraries.

When it arrives, you'll be notified by Northwest e-mail.

Get a pdf of any unavailable article delivered to your Northwest email account.

Magazines and journals not available via our databases or in our collection, can be requested from other libraries. You will receive an email with the article attached (Note: Please be certain that your mailbox has space to accommodate articles requested).

More information about what, how, cost, and how long.

Limitations on Borrowing
ILL is not intended for extensive borrowing by individuals. Research topics should be selected according to the resources on hand and those resources should be exhausted before making an ILL request. If large numbers of items needed for a project are located at another library, arrangements should be made to use them at that library.

Who May Borrow
Northwest Missouri State University employees and their spouses, faculty emeriti, and currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to use ILL.

Loan Period
The lending library sets the loan period and any restrictions on the use of the materials. Requests for renewals   must be submitted to the ILL Office at least two days prior to the due date.

Costs for Using ILL
Borrowers may use cash or personal checks made out to Northwest Missouri State University to pay for Interlibrary Loan charges if applicable.

For Books:
At the time of the request the borrower must indicate their expense limit. We will notify the lending library of your limit. Materials which exceed your limit will not be ordered.

For Periodicals
Costs for ordering articles from specialized libraries or international journals, which exceeds $15.00, will be passed on to the borrower. If the charges exceed the expense limit, the borrower will be notified and given the option of changing their limit. A borrower cannot cancel a photocopy request once it has been ordered from another library. Items with these charges will not be released to the borrower until all charges have been paid.

Length of Time It Takes to Receive Materials
The length of time between the request and the delivery of materials depends on the location of the lending library and the method of delivery utilized by the lending library. Each ILL request will be processed as quickly as possible. Allow at least two weeks for delivery. Borrowers must note a last usable date on the online request form. ASAP is not acceptable. If the requested material is not received by this date, it will automatically be canceled. Borrowers are responsible for charges on all materials exceeding $15.00 received/delivered before the requested last usable date.

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