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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a free service for MWCC students, staff, and faculty, that allows you to borrow from other libraries. We will generally be able to help you meet your information needs from a variety of local sources. However, when this is not possible, the desired item may be requested from a distant library.

Before requesting an interlibrary loan, you are encouraged to discuss your information needs with a librarian. We may be able to find other items which are currently available that may satisfy your information needs.

Interlibrary Loan and Copyright


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 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, fufillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


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Information we need:

  • As much information as you have about the item you are requesting
  • A citation for the item is best (See CITE YOUR SOURCES to learn about citations)

Citation Examples:

O'Brien, J. A. (Ed.). (2006). The production of reality: Essays and readings on social interaction (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Carlson, C. J., Dougherty, E. R., & Getz, W. (2016). An ecological assessment of the pandemic threat of Zika virus. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(8), 1-18. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004968

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

How long does it take?

Typically, an interlibrary loan request is fulfilled within 10 days to two weeks. Time may be extended due to uncontrollable circumstances.

Is there a cost?

Interlibrary loan is almost always a free service, but there are instances when a lending library might impose a fee. If this should happen, the person requesting the item will be asked in advance to be responsible for the fee.

How long may I keep the material?

For a book or other item, the loan period is established by the lending library, and may vary from 2-4 weeks. When a periodical article is requested, the lending library sends a copy (print or electronic) which the borrower may keep.

May I renew an item?

The decision to extend the due date for any item rests with the library that owns the item. A renewal request will be made, but the renewal will not be automatically granted.

How will I know when my request is fulfilled?

You will be contacted by email (or by telephone if no email address is provided) when your material arrives. If you are requesting a book, it will be available for pick up at the Circulation Desk. Journal articles will be emailed to you if the electronic format is available, or the print copy of the article may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

I still have a question...can someone help me?

Please send an email to if you have any further questions.


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