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InterLibrary Loan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is it?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service in which the Roberts-LaForge Library can borrow materials from other lending institutions.

Who can use it?

Full ILL services are available to Delta State University students, faculty, and staff. Friends of the Library Platinum Lifetime members may also use ILL services.

How do you request an ILL?

Requests may be submitted online through the Interlibrary Loan Department page.

Requests may also be submitted via a paper request which can be located at the Serials Desk in the Roberts-LaForge Library. Please fill out the form legibly and completely. The ISBN for books and the ISSN for journals specifically identify the material and should be included if they are available to you. The form may be turned in at the Serials/ILL Desk.

Some databases offer the capability to submit a request which is forwarded to the ILL Department. If you need assistance in submitting such a request, call the ILL Department at 662.846.4448.

How long until I receive my materials?

It depends. The average time for an article is five business days and a book is ten business days. Many factors affect when materials are received, but we strive to get your materials quickly.

How much?

Normally, it costs nothing to request materials through ILL. However, some libraries may require a fee for photocopies and this is a price that you will absorb. When filling out the request form, indicate a maximum price that you are willing to spend to obtain materials. You will be contacted to confirm that you are willing to pay for the article.


Yes. Usually libraries will not send rare or unique books, new books, dissertations/theses, textbooks, DVDs, reference books, videotapes, or fragile items through the mail. It is up to the owning library to decide if they will lend their materials.


When your materials arrive, you will be notified by email.


Contact Janet Horne in the Interlibrary Loan Department, Room 214, or call her at 662.846.4448 for questions concerning your request.

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