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Learn about your options to borrow materials from other libraries.

Banner: Order books & more from all over the world with Interlibrary Loan Services

Books, articles and other research material can be obtained free-of-charge from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Start your search for books, articles and other research material using MeLCat, Worldcat and the library's databases.  Choose one of the options below to get started!

Michigan eLibrary Link and Logo

 MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary) is a group of over 400 Michigan libraries willing to share their materials with each other. Search MeLCat and use the “Get this for me!” button to request books, DVDs, and more from libraries throughout the state.

WorldCat Logo and Link 

Worldcat Search thousands of libraries in the U.S. and around the world.  Use the "Get this for me!" button in Worldcat to request delivery of books, articles, dissertations and more.


Search the White Library for articles and more.

Search for articles, conference papers, books, dissertations and more using the library's research databases.

When you find an item you want:

  1. Select the "Check for full-text" or "Full-text finder" option next to your article.
  2. Then select "Request via Interlibrary Loan"

More About Interlibrary Loan:

Who Can Use Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan services are available for all current SAU students, staff, and faculty.  Sorry, ILL services are not available for alumni or community patrons.


Textbooks are very difficult to obtain through Interlibrary Loan, and we usually cannot keep another library's book for an entire semester.  You are better off using the bookstore or an online textbook rental company.

Standard Delivery Times

Copies of articles and book chapters take 2-10 business days to arrive. Books usually arrive in 5-10 business days.  Harder-to-find items may take up to 3-4 weeks to arrive.  To inquire on the status of your request, contact the ILL Dept.

Notification & Delivery

Articles:  Copies of articles will be delivered by email.

Books:  Students, staff and faculty on the main campus will be notified by email when their ILL books are available for pick-up. Books are mailed directly to online students and those attending or teaching class at satellite locations.

Due Dates

The normal loan period for ILL material is 3 weeks for books, 1 week for CDs and DVDs.  However, loan periods are determined by the lending library and vary by institution.

Due Date Extensions

ILL items can be renewed online.  Most ILL items renew for 1-3 weeks, however not all ILL items are renewable.  If you need an additional extension on your ILL item, please contact Kami Moyer.

Tip:  If you've reached the renewal limit and can no longer extend the due date, please submit another Interlibrary Loan request and we will try to obtain another copy of the book for you.

Late Fees

Minimum $65.00 replacement charge, including a $5-$10 non-refundable overdue fee, for items that are lost or more than 30 days overdue.  See a complete library policy here.

General ILL Request Form

ILL Request Form Link

Contact Info

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