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Borrowing from Other Libraries: Home

Learn about your options to borrow materials from other libraries.

Welcome to Interlibrary Loan!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available for all current SAU students, staff, and faculty.  Interlibrary Loan is a service that obtains articles, books and other material from libraries throughout Michigan and the U.S, and even from other countries.  Looking for a book or article that we don't have?  No problem!  Place an ILL request for the item and we will obtain it from another library for you, free of charge.

ILL: Where to start

Books and Ebooks

Where to find and request books:

  • WorldCat.   Search the SAU Library and libraries throughout the world.

Scholarly, Peer-reviewed Articles

Where to find and request peer-reviewed, scholarly articles and everything else.

  • Worldcat.  Search the SAU Library and libraries throughout the world.
  • Research Databases.  The library subscribes to a variety of research databases.  We have them organized in an A-Z list and also by subject.

ILL: Order and Delivery Times

Order and delivery times:

  • Articles are delivered via email in 1-5 business days, although harder-to-find items may take a bit longer.
  • Books take about 5-10 business days to arrive.
    • Main campus students and faculty: Books can be picked-up at the library's Circulation Desk.  You will be notified by email when your book request arrives.
    • Distance/online students and faculty: Books are first delivered to the SAU library and will then be mailed to the address listed on your request form.
  • Ebooks are delived by email and take 1-5 business days to arrive.  Due to publisher restrictions placed on libraries, many ebooks are not available through ILL.  Staff will contact you by email with available options if the entire ebook cannot be borrowed through ILL.

Check on the status of your requests at My Account (anytime) or by contacting the Interlibrary Loan Department: sauill@arbor.edu  or  517-750-6439 (M-F, 9am -5pm)

What if I can't wait?

We do our very best to obtain items as quickly as we can.  However, there is not a way to fast-track or rush an Interlibrary Loan request.

Don't have time to wait for Interlibrary Loan items to arrive?

The best thing to do is to contact a librarian.  Let us know your research topic, any assignment details, and your deadline date and time.  Librarians can point you in the direction of research materials that are available immediately.

General ILL Request Form

ILL Request Form Link

Contact Info

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Kami Moyer
Contact:
Hugh & Edna White Library
106 E. Main St.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283
(517) 750-6439