Items Borrowed Through Request It!

Eligible Users

Only current MSU students, staff, faculty, and affiliate users are allowed to request items through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan services are free to eligible users with the following exceptions: a) on rare occasion that the cost is more than $25 to borrow the item, b) the item is overdue, c) the item was lost or damaged while in your possession.

Requestable Items

Books (no current semester textbooks), articles, video or audio recordings, government documents, theses/dissertations, conference proceedings, patents, and newspapers can be requested through interlibrary loan.

The library does not borrow required class textbooks via Interlibrary Loan as your textbooks are designed to give you the basic framework for your classes—the library's collections and services provide supplementary materials to augment your textbook. The MSU Library provides in-depth research assistance and information for your class, lab, studio, and field work.  Additionally:

    • Most of our partner libraries do not lend textbooks.
    • Most libraries do not purchase textbooks.
    • The very few libraries that do have textbook collections reserve them for their campus use only.
    • Interlibrary loans are typically not for an entire term.
    • Failure to return items when due will result in fines, suspension of borrowing privileges, blocked registration, and may jeopardize future borrowing by the MSU library from that lending library for any MSU student.        

Additionally, as a general policy, MSU Library does not purchase textbooks for the collection. The Library may acquire textbooks selectively for the collection if they have long-term research, study, or archival value.

Borrowing Policies

Electronic articles will be available for 30 days after notification. For physical items, times will vary – please check the due date on the item. Usually one renewal is allowed by the lending library (please see the slip on the item).

Items Borrowed Through CatSearch (TRAILS Libraries)

Eligible Users

Only current MSU students, staff, faculty, and affiliate users are allowed to request items through CatSearch from TRAILS Libraries.

Requestable Items

At this time, only circulating physical items may be requested including print books, DVDs, and music CDs.

Borrowing Policies

Materials borrowed through resource sharing are non-renewable. Items will be checked out to you for a total of 70 days, including the days it takes to arrive at MSU Library from the lending library. There is not a limit on the number of items you can request through resource sharing.