Borrowing Materials not owned by Gordon B. Olson Library
Books and journal articles that are needed for research can be requested via Interlibrary Loan.
Requests may be submitted using the online form. Please submit one request per item. If the item is a multivolume set, please indicate the numbers of the requested volumes that you would like to order. Please check with a librarian if you need assistance with online requests.
The Gordon B. Olson Library will pay up to $25 for faculty requests. If charges exceed this amount, you may be asked to pay the amount in excess of $25. If there is an additional charge, the library will contact you before ordering the item. Rush requests will be handled on a case by case basis. For more information, please contact the Access Services Librarian.
Certain materials cannot usually be obtained through interlibrary loan. These include:
- Rare or valuable materials
- Bulky/fragile items that are difficult or expensive to ship
- New popular fiction, non-fiction, or any other materials in high demand
- Entire issues or volumes of journals
Books and other lendable materials received via interlibrary loan are generally available for two to four weeks. Due dates are set by the lending library, as well as other restrictions such as in-library use only. A fine will be charged for overdue interlibrary loans. There is no grace period for interlibrary loans. If a patron continually disregards due dates, his/her interlibrary loan privileges will be revoked and his/her library account will be blocked.
Interlibrary loan transactions can take anywhere from three days to two weeks to complete depending on rarity of the request, demand, and location of lending library.
Articles will be sent electronically to your MSU e-mail account. Books and other circulating items can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. If the lending library specifies that an item is non-circulating, we will notify you upon receipt of the item.
Access Services Librarian