Can’t find what you need? Let our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department help.

Important Update March 28, 2022: Due to a temporary staffing shortage, users who need to work directly with an ILL staff member will need to make an appointment. Appointments can be made Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm by sending an email to: 

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Request Articles, Books, and More!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL for short) is a service offered by the MSU Library that can be used to borrow library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) and obtain electronic copies of articles or book chapters not owned by our library. We are part of a worldwide ILL network of libraries that lends to one another. Through this, the MSU Library agrees to borrow from and loan items to other libraries in the ILL network.As a current MSU student, staff, or faculty member, these services are available for you to use, usually at no charge (visit our FAQ section for exceptions).


Instant ILL for Articles

InstantILL will instantly deliver the article you're looking for by searching articles that the MSU Library has access to and open access databases.

Please note, this service only finds articles. To request books or other items, use Request It!.

Request It!

Request materials from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or request scans of articles or chapters owned by the MSU Library. 

For more information on using this service, please see our general interlibrary loan policies and FAQs.

Helpful Resources



Interlibrary Loan & Scanning Services

Helpful resources for requesting an item through interlibrary loan or requesting electronic scans


Borrowing items through CatSearch

Visit this page for steps on borrowing books and more from other Montana academic libraries directly through CatSearch!

More Information


Learn more about the different groups the MSU Library has partnered with to make interlibrary loan services possible:

Policies and FAQs

For more information about interlibrary loan and resource sharing, please visit our FAQs and policies pages:

Still have questions or need further assistance?

Contact the MSU Library's Interlibrary Loan Department by phone at (406) 994-3161 or use the link below to send us an email: