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Interlibrary Loan

Try MeLCat as an alternative to Interlibrary Loan.

ILL Request Form

Interlibrary Loan allows you to obtain materials that are not available at Olson Library. Materials such as books, dissertations, media, and microforms can be borrowed from other libraries, along with photocopies of periodical articles.

Key factors when using Interlibrary Loan include:

  • Interlibrary Loan is available to NMU faculty, students, and staff only. Courtesy card holders should contact their local public libraries to inquire about interlibrary loan services.

  • The average time to receive requested materials is 1-3 weeks.  You will be notified via email when an item arrives.

  • To prevent delays in receiving items, make sure your requested citations are complete and accurate.  If you desire a chapter or essay from a book, please include the title and author of the book, along with the chapter title and page numbers.

  • You cannot request items from our collection that are currently checked out.  For these items contact the Circulation Desk (227-2250) and request a hold or recall.

  • The library pays the borrowing costs for periodical or journal articles. 

  • You pay any borrowing costs for obtaining books or other materials.  However, you can specify the maximum dollar amount you are willing to pay for an item and often, through the numerous reciprocal agreements we have with other libraries, requested items can be obtained for free.

  • Photocopies of periodical articles can be kept, while other materials must be returned.  The loan time for these materials varies and is set by the lending libraries.

  • When periodical articles are received in electronic form, you are sent an email which includes directions on how to retrieve them.

  • Rush article delivery service is provided to faculty and graduate students based on the date the article is "needed by." Be sure to indicate this rush delivery date when filling out a request.

ILL Request Form

Questions may be sent to LIBILL@nmu.edu or call (906) 227-2065 or 227-2099.



Library Hours
Mon: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tue: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat: 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.
Sun: CLOSED
For exceptions and full year hours