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Interlibrary Loan FAQ

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a service that obtains research materials from other libraries.

Who can use this Service?

All current Manchester University students, faculty, and staff.

What does it cost?

There is no charge to the user. All charges are subsidized by Funderburg Library. However, users need to be aware that there are direct and indirect costs involved and use the service wisely. There are, however, fines for overdue materials. The current fine is $1.00 per day.

How long does it take?

This depends upon several factors. Is it a book or an article? Some libraries send articles via Ariel, and these may arrive in 24-48 hours. Books, articles, and other materials come via courier, mail, or other delivery service. If the material is available within the state of Indiana, our average turnaround time is a week or less. If the material comes from out-of-state, it may take as long as 2-3 weeks, depending on the delivery service. It is wise to allow a minimum of 2 weeks for delivery of a requested item, so start your research early. If you need materials on a rush basis, please come to the library and ask to speak with Doris Stephenson or Eloise Brown about your request.

Do I need to know what library owns the material?


What kind of materials may NOT be requested via Interlibrary Loan?

  • Titles owned by Funderburg Library
  • Rare or valuable materials
  • Reference or reserve items
  • High demand items--such as Best Sellers
  • Textbooks
  • Music Recordings
  • Computer Software
  • E-Books
  • Genealogical Material
  • Entertainment Videos

Are there any limitations placed on Interlibrary Loan Requests?

If more than 6 books are requested, a member of the Interlibrary Loan Team may ask to talk with you before they are requested. We do not want you to be overwhelmed with the amount of material received and not have proper time to use it. Some requests may not be processed because of costs involved, time needed for delivery, and/or copyright limitations.

How do I place an Interlibrary Loan Book Request?

Check the online catalog to see if Funderburg Library owns the item. If not, fill out the Book/Media Request Form. If you are using WorldCat, you can click on the Interlibrary Loan link to request it from there.

How do I place an Interlibrary Loan Article Request?

Check Citation Linker to see if the article is available in print in Funderburg Library or full text in any of our databases. If not, fill out the Article Request Form. If you are using one of the EBSCO databases, you can click on the Interlibrary Loan link to request it from there.

How long can I keep an Interlibrary Loan Book?

The lending library sets the due date. Usually, the loan period is around 3-4 weeks.

Can I renew my Interlibrary Loan Books?

Please request a renewal 2-3 days before the due date by filling out a Renewal Request Form. It is up to the lending library to grant or refuse a renewal. Keep the book until we let you know the lending library's response. If they refuse a renewal, then the book will need to be returned immediately.

How will I be notified when my material arrives?

We will notify you by phone and/or email.

Where do I pick up my materials?

Interlibrary Loan materials are held for you at the Circulation Desk.

How can I check the status of my Interlibrary Loan Request?

You can send an email request to

What if my Interlibrary Loan Materials are overdue?

You will be charged an overdue fine of $1.00 per day. Also, if the lending library adds a late fee, those charges will be passed along to you. Failure to return Interlibrary Loan Materials in a timely fashion may result in suspension of any future Interlibrary Loan services.

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