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Luther Library FAQs

Luther Library FAQs

What is interlibrary loan?

Like all libraries, Luther Library owns only a portion of the books and periodicals published. If you are interested in obtaining material that is not available in Luther Library's local collection, you may request that we borrow it for you from another library.

Who can use interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan services at Luther Library are available to all Midland students, faculty, and staff.

What material can I borrow through interlibrary loan?

A wide variety of material is available through interlibrary loan, but some restrictions may apply. For instance, most libraries will not lend reference books, and if they do they may require that they not be removed from the borrowing library. Libraries typically do not loan complete issues of journals or magazines, but will mail or fax copies of a particular article. New books, audio-visual material, and rare or valuable items such as manuscripts may also be difficult to obtain. In all cases Luther Library will do its best to find a library willing to loan requested material, but in some cases additional time may be required.

How do I request an interlibrary loan?

Please email as many details as possible; title author month, year, volume and issue for a magazine or periodical article to Timothy Lentz, lentz@MidlandU.edu. When the item you requested arrives, we will notify you and you may pick it up at the circulation desk.

 

How long will it take to receive material requested through interlibrary loan?

It can take anywhere from several days to several weeks to obtain an item through interlibrary loan. Whenever possible, Luther Library tries to obtain material from in-state libraries with whom we have priority service agreements. These libraries will usually fax articles and mail books to us the same day they receive our request. When these in-state libraries are unable to provide us with requested material--either because they don't own it, it is checked out, or doesn't circulate--we must expand our search to include other holding libraries in the United States. On average requests can be filled in 7-10 days, but users should order material as far in advance of their deadlines as possible.

How long can I keep material received through interlibrary loan?

The circulation period for material borrowed through interlibrary loan is set by the lending library and can vary from two to four weeks. It is often possible to renew ILL material, but requests for extensions should be made through Luther Library at least five days in advance of the due date. If a renewal request is denied, the borrowed material should be returned to Luther Library by the original due date. Photocopies do not need to be returned.

For more information contact:
Timothy Lentz
Directory of the Library
Luther Library
Phone: 402-941-6252
E-mail: lentz@midlandu.edu