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Interlibrary Loan

A service allowing students, faculty, staff, retirees, and lifetime members of the friends of the library to borrow materials from other libraries

About Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The purpose of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is to obtain books, journal articles, and other materials for our faculty, staff, students, and retirees 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.

Note: ILL cannot to be used for requesting copies of current textbooks.

Delivery Time

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.

Service Fee

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, and retirees.



Request Forms

If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the MJC Library cataloguse the request forms below to request what you need using our interlibrary loan service.

When Your Materials Arrive

Check Your Student Email:

We'll send 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.

Copyright Guidelines

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.