Interlibrary Loans

The InterLibrary Loan (ILL) department borrows materials from other libraries not owned by MCMLS or the Lonestar College libraries. These materials can include books, microfilm, audio, newspaper and magazine articles, etc.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

ILL is a free service. Sometimes there is a fee for borrowing materials, but we never agree to a fee without first finding out if the patron is willing to pay it.

Are there materials which cannot be borrowed?

Not all items are available through ILL. These items include:

How long does it take to get an item via ILL?

The length of time varies greatly from several days to over a month. If you need an item by a certain date, it is important to make a note of it on your ILL form.

Can ILL materials be renewed?

Sometimes they can, but not in every case. It depends on the policy of the library which loaned us the item. You must call us at least 4 days before the due date to request a renewal.

How much are the late fines on ILL materials?

The fine is $0.10 per day, per item.

How can I find out if my Interlibrary Loan Request is here?

We will notify you by phone or email if your request has arrived.

Can I return an ILL item to any branch?

No. ILL materials should be returned to the branch where they were checked out. This helps us speedily return the item to the owning library. Returning materials on time helps us maintain cordial relations with the other libraries in the ILL system.

Can I use the MCMLS ILL service?

If you have a valid MCMLS library card, you are entitled to use the ILL service.

How many items can I borrow through ILL

Only 5 ILL requests may be active at a time.

Questions? Call 936-788-8361