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Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

When the Blume Library cannot supply an item, it may be available through an Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Faculty, staff, and students may request to borrow items (i.e., books, journal articles, government documents) if the Blume Library does not already own them. Be sure to verify that the Blume Library doesn't already own the item being requested by checking the Library Catalog.

Alternatively, you may want to check out books directly using the TexShare program.  You will need to obtain a TexShare card from the Blume Library Circulation Desk. Search WorldCat to find books at other libraries. 

For eBooks, take a look at the Blume Library's eBooks or search the Open Library.

Before making a request for a journal article, check the list of online fulltext journals. Search by the title of journal, not the title of the article.


  1. ILL services are restricted to currently enrolled St. Mary's students, faculty and staff.
  2. Interlibrary loan requests for items that we already own will not be filled.
  3. Law school students and faculty must file ILL requests with the Law Library.
  4. If you request an item via ILL, you are responsible for any charges incurred.


  1. Verify that we don't already own the item being requested by checking the Library Catalog.
  2. Submit request using the appropriate online request form for articles or books.
  3. Allow at least 10 days for the item to arrive. Books often take longer. You will receive an email when your item arrives.
  4. Retrieve item from Circulation Desk.
  5. Pay photocopy fees. Current ILL photocopy fees are $.10/page.
  6. If an item is not a photocopy, return it to the Circulation Desk by the deadline stamped on it.

Copyright Restrictions

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

Libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction under certain conditions. One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." The user is liable for copyright infringement if the reproduction is later used in violation of the "fair use" provision of the law.

The library reserves the right to refuse to accept an interlibrary request if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


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Pay ILL Charges

Charges relating to Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can be paid at the Blume Library Circulation Counter during regular library hours.

Or, you may pay online with a credit card.


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