About Interlibrary Loan
The purpose of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is to obtain books, journal articles, and other materials for our faculty, staff, students, retirees, and friends of the library to use when these items are not available at the MJC Library. Using ILL can greatly increase resources that are available to you for your study and research.
Because we are borrowing materials from other libraries, it can take several weeks for us to get those materials for you. If the lending libraries are outside of California or the item you request is already checked out from the lending library, it can take even longer.
Length of Loan
The lending library determines the amount of time you can borrow their material.
In most cases ILL is a free service; however, some lending libraries charge the MJC Library for the service. When that happens we have to pass that fee on to you. The charge can be anywhere from $3 to $15 per item, with $5 being the average. Students can choose not to pay a fee; in that case we will not even request materials from those libraries that charge us a fee.
ILL is always a free service for faculty, staff, retirees, and friends of the library.
Search Other Library Catalogs
If you don't find what you need in the MJC Library Catalog, you can request materials from other libraries. This service is called Interlibrary Loan.
Here are some other library catalogs you can use to find materials for your research. If you need additional help locating materials please ask a librarian for help by calling 209-575-6230.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of copies of copyrighted materials and limits the number of times Interlibrary Loan photocopies of articles may be requested from a single periodical title. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use" that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of copyright law.
When Your Materials Arrive
We'll send you an email to your MJC student email account when your materials arrive. You'll need to pick them up within one week; if you don't pick them up within that time, we'll return them to the lending library.
If you are late returning materials, you will be subject to our standard overdue fines & fees.