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Interlibrary Loan

Who is eligible to request items?

All current faculty, staff, and students in good standing may request items through interlibrary loan.

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How can I request an item?

Request an item by completing Tipasa's electronic request form from the UMSL Libraries' home page. Log into Tipasa and select the type of request you wish to make.

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What type of items can I request?

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What's the difference between MERLIN/MOBIUS and Interlibrary Loan requests?

The MERLIN and MOBIUS catalogs allow you to borrow books from other member libraries in the state of Missouri. Requests are immediately sent to the lending library and the books are delivered to the library of your choice within three to five working days

Interlibrary Loan procures copies of articles and book chapters and borrows books, theses, and other materials that are not available via the MERLIN/MOBIUS collections.

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Is there a cost for Interlibrary Loan requests?

There is no charge for most requests. If we need to charge you for an item, we will contact you before we process your request.

Interlibrary loan requests are not free. However, the University currently absorbs this cost as a service to its faculty, staff, and students. Just as with other books you may borrow, you are responsible for any fines incurred for materials you damage or do not return.

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Why do you ask for so much information?

We need this information to verify the citation, accurately identify sources, notify you when the item arrives, and contact you with any questions we may have:

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What if I don't have all the information needed?

Please supply as much information as you have. It's often helpful for us to have a copy of your bibliography or other sources. Add a note if you are unsure of the citation.

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How does the ILL process work? How long will it take?

When we receive your request, we:

Shipping time varies. Article and book chapters usually take from two to ten days. Books and theses typically take longer, five to 14 days. Since this is a cooperative process between libraries, we cannot guarantee delivery times.

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How can I check on the status of an item?

Log into Tipasa. Click on "Outstanding Requests" under the "View" menu.

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How was the due date determined? Can I renew an item?

Due dates are set by the lending library. We abide by their terms and conditions.

You can request renewals by logging into Tipasa.

Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library. If an item is marked "No Renewal" the lender has already indicated that they will not grant renewals. If a library recalls an item before the original due date, promptly return the material to us.

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What are my delivery options?

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What are the policies for distance students?

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