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Interlibrary Loan: Getting Started

     Interlibrary loan (ILL) refers to the sharing of resources between libraries.

    All current Macalester College students, staff and faculty may request physical items or scans of articles held in other libraries.


Speed of receiving ILL items

  • The average turnaround time is 6 days for books but often less as the majority of items are available from libraries within the Twin Cities.  

  • Please allow us enough time to process your request.  

  • You will be notified as soon as your item has arrived and is available for pickup at the library service desk.  

  • Electronic articles will be delivered directly to your ILLiad account.

Items not available through ILL

Items not available through ILL:

  • Electronic books (ebooks)
  • Rare or archival materials
  • Newly published materials

Request an item through ILL

Search for the item on the library website.  If the item is not held at our library, click on Request Item.  (You will be prompted to enter your Mac username and password)  

An ILL form will be populated with information taken from the item record.  Make any necessary changes to the form.  For example- if you will not accept the item in a language other than English, please let us know.  Or if you need a specific edition, please specify  

Click Submit Request when finished and then log off.

Warning of Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research".  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Macalester College Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy request if fulfillment of that request involves violating copyright law.

ILL help

Contact Connie Karlen 
651-696-6545 or 


Connie Karlen

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Connie Karlen
DeWitt Wallace Library
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105