This may come as a surprise, but no library has every book or every journal. But there is a method in place for obtaining a desired item when your library doesn’t have it. It’s called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). By using ILL, you can request a book or a journal article that the UDM library doesn’t have and our staff will obtain it from another library.
So how does it work? It’s simple. From the library portal page, click on the tab Books, Ebooks, +DVDs. You will see a brown button labeled Interlibrary Loan. Click on that and an electronic form will pop up. The form has two parts: one part is for your information and one part identifies the item you are interested in obtaining. Complete both parts of the form and submit your request. We take it from there. If you are requesting a book, our Interlibrary Loan Technician will research which library has the item you want and will request to have it sent here to UDM. You will be notified by email when it arrives and you will be able to check it out. The lending institution will determine how long you can borrow the book. When you are finished with the book, just return it to the UDM library and we will send it back to the lending institution.
If you’re request is for an article from a journal UDM does not have access to either in print or electronically, again our Interlibrary Loan Technician will obtain the article from another institution. You will receive an email notification when it arrives and you will be able to pick it up in the library.
There are materials libraries will typically not send through ILL such as rare books, textbooks, and audio-visual materials. For more information about Interlibrary Loan, check out the UDM Interlibrary Loan information page.
Julia Eisenstein, Librarian