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Borrowing from Other Libraries
Students, faculty (including adjuncts), and staff of William Mitchell College of Law may borrow circulating items from other libraries if the items are not available in our library. Other libraries will also provide photocopies of articles or book chapters (within copyright constraints) in sources we do not own.
Begin by checking our catalog to see if we own or have full text access to the material you need. For e-journals, check the Library’s A-Z list of periodicals. You may also want to search for articles in Google Scholar to see if they are available free on the web. The reference staff are also happy to help you with your search strategy.
How do I submit a request?
If you determine we do not own the material, you may place an interlibrary loan request. You will need to set up an account in ILLiad, our interlibrary loan software, the first time you make a request. You will need to create a unique user name and password. These will be independent from your network ID and password. Registered users can login to ILLiad at: https://wmitchell.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html
Once you are logged in, you can choose either photocopy (for journal articles or book chapters) or book in the New Request section of the left hand navigation bar to reach the appropriate form. The more detailed the request information, the quicker library staff can locate your item.
How long will I wait for a requested item?
Materials generally arrive within a week, but may take longer, depending on where the item is coming from and the lending library’s response time. You may check on the status of an ILL request in ILLiad by logging on to your ILLiad account and reviewing your outstanding requests, which are featured in the center of the page. Questions may also be sent to the circulation desk.
You will receive an automated message via email when your item arrives. In the case of articles or other scanned documents, you will most often be able to retrieve the files from ILLiad directly. Other materials will be placed on the hold shelf at circulation for you to pick up.
How long will I get to keep the materials?
The lending library determines the length of time you may borrow a given item. A typical loan period can be anywhere from two weeks to three months, with four weeks being a fairly standard length. The lending library decides whether or not to grant renewals. If you need a renewal, you must request one in ILLiad before the due date. Renewal requests made when a book is overdue are generally not granted. Books should be returned to the circulation desk.
Journal articles, in print or electronic form, do not need to be returned.
What happens if my book is overdue/lost/damaged?
The borrower is expected to pay for any lost or damaged materials and for any overdue fines for materials returned after the due date. The fine for overdue ILL materials is determined by the lending library.
What if I need more information?
Before registering, you may wish to read the ILLiad FAQ. The FAQ may answer other questions you have about the ILLiad interlibrary loan system.