Interlibrary Loan: an Introduction

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Interlibrary Loan: An Introduction

This guide shows how to use the Library's Interlibrary Loan service to request books and media from other libraries when they are not available in the Milligan College Library collection.

For periodical materials (newspaper, magazine and journal articles), please use MCSearch.

We recommend completing two other tutorials:

Introduction to MCSearch

MCSearch: Advanced Strategies

so that you are familiar with searching for resources on the Milligan Library website.  

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Interlibrary Loan: The Basics

With interlibrary loan, you have access to literally millions of print and digital resources from thousands of libraries around the United States and the world! Whatever Milligan doesn't have, we will do our best to help you find it and borrow it for little to no cost. 

Now, let's find an item to request through interlibrary loan!

Requesting a Book or Media

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On the Milligan Library website,  choose the blue Books/Media tab above the MCSearch box.

In the search box TYPE:

Sorta like a Rockstar

Click the Search button or press enter.

If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in. Use your Milligan Network ID and password, the same one you use for Canvas.

How many results did you get for Sorta like a Rockstar

Requesting a Book or Media

2 of 5On the result list will be several records that contain  your search terms.  Items owned by Milligan College  Libraries appear first in the search results. They also say Held by: Milligan Libraries. 

Print books, DVDs and CDs can be requested through interlibrary loan. E-books typically cannot. 

Can this item be interlibrary loaned?

ILL ebook image

Requesting a Book or Media

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Scroll down and click on 

ILL book image




Under Availability/Holdings click on the arrow  to the left  or scroll down to discover what libraries have the item. The more libraries that own the item, the better your chances of a successful interlibrary loan request. 

Requesting a Book or Media

4 of 5To request this item, click on the button that says Request via Interlibrary Loan under Availability.

Request ILL icon



A new tab will open with the citation information showing.  Scroll down to the colored form fields. Fill out the required fields following the directions. Use only your Milligan email address. If you have any special requests or concerns (a certain edition) fill in the Comments field.

PLEASE NOTE: for purposes of this tutorial, do NOT click on the Submit button to request Sorta like a Rockstar. This will create a false request.

However, if you are learning how to request an item and have located one that you would like to borrow, complete your request and click on the Submit button. A  green confirmation box will appear with a confirmation number.  To return to Guide on the Side close the tab.

Requesting a Book or Media

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Congratulations!  You have requested an item through Interlibrary Loan.

If you have any questions or are not finding the resources you need, please contact the library:


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