What is InterLibrary Loan (ILL)?
InterLibrary Loan is a free service available to the entire CSS community. This service allows you to borrow materials not owned by the CSS library from another library. Books are sent to the CSS Library for you to pick up and return (for distance students, we mail them to the address of your choice), while articles are scanned and sent to your CSS email.
If you are working in our databases, simply use the Interlibrary Loan and/or Request link.
If your are in our Consortium's book catalog, MnPALS, use the Request Item link
If you are working from a bibliography or other source, then you will need to fill out the online form availabe on the ILL information page.
A couple helpful things to know about
The set default for articles copies is electronic. Be sure to choose NO to the electronic option on the form if you want a paper copy.
The default email address is your CSS email.
Add Distant student to the NOTES box. This will alert the ILL department to send you the article if it cannot be sent to you electronically.
The rule of thumb for delivery of electronic articles is approximately 72 hours. This is by no means a guarantee. Sometimes you will get the articles sooner - other times it will take longer. It all depends on the lending library.
Every once in awhile we will use all of our allotted free articles (5 articles dated within the last 5 years per academic year). When this occurs we will contact you to see if you really want the article. If you do, you may be asked to pay a small fee - $5. You can say no and the request will be canceled. How often does this happen? It all depends on the journal title. It happens more often with popular titles.
Books, videos, audio books, DVD's, and music can also be requested. These items may or may not be lent out by a library. Also, the due dates are variable - each lending library sets its own due dates and policies.