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ILL Book Request Form

ILL Journal Request form

What is an interlibrary loan?

The Interlibrary Loan Program (ILL) is an extension of the reference service offered at MVC, which provides materials not owned by MVC for purposes of research and serious study. Murrell Memorial Library borrows these materials on your behalf from other libraries.

How do I use ILL?

First check the online catalog or the Journal Finder located on the library’s website to be sure that the material is not owned by MVC. Copies of materials owned by MVC may not be obtained from another library. If books are not owned by MVC, check the online Avalon catalog to search all ten Avalon libraries at once. If the books you need are not in the MVC or Avalon catalog go one step further and try the MOBIUS online catalog. Only faculty may request videos and only from Avalon libraries. These three catalogs (MVC, Avalon, and MOBIUS) are available on the same website ( and cover most of the large libraries in Missouri. The Avalon and MOBIUS catalog links are shown on the top, left-hand side of the MVC catalog. Click on either name to activate the catalog. If you cannot find your book in these three catalogs, when you are in the MOBIUS catalog, click on the Prospector tab to search a wider range of libraries. Books listed in these four catalogs (except those listed as “library use only”) may be requested directly via the online catalog by clicking the “request” button. Feel free to ask library staff for help requesting books.

All books not found in the four catalogs mentioned above, or articles in periodicals not owned by Murrell Memorial Library, must be ordered through the traditional interlibrary loan system.

  • Online ILL forms for books and journal articles are available on the Library’s web site; the forms may be filled out and submitted online to library staff. Some of the online periodical databases have built-in request forms located under the journal citations.

Who may use ILL?

Any member of MVC community may use ILL--faculty, staff, and students.

How long will it take?

If the material requested is available from a MOBIUS or Avalon Library, it will usually be here within 4-5 days. Remember that the more advance notice we have to locate and request an item, the more likely it is that we will be able to supply the materials on time.

How much will it cost?

There is usually no charge for materials obtained through our networks. Every effort is made to borrow materials from libraries that do not charge fees or with whom we have reciprocal borrowing agreements. However, some libraries may charge fees for lending or photocopying materials. You will be notified of any fees before the material is ordered. Any charges must be paid at the time you pick up the items.

Effects of Copyright on ILL

Murrell Memorial Library’s ability to request photocopies of journal articles is restricted by the US Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.). In any calendar year a library may not borrow more than five articles published within the preceding five years from one journal title without paying copyright clearance on that article. Articles published more than five years ago are not currently restricted.

For more information contact the Library at (660) 831-4187 or (660) 831-4180.