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Interlibrary Loan

A short guide explaining Interlibrary Loan, "Get This," and MeLCat services available to the University of Michigan-Dearborn community.

What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary loan is for:

  • Books, dissertations, and microforms not available at the Mardigian Library, the University Libraries in Ann Arbor, or through the Michigan Electronic Library (MeLCat).
  • Copies of periodical articles or a single book chapter.

The Mardigian Library has partnered with MLibrary Document Delivery (MLDD) in Ann Arbor to provide interlibrary loan service to the University of Michigan-Dearborn. MLDD also serves the University Libraries in Ann Arbor and the Thompson Library at UM-Flint. 

Login to ILLiad

Check the Library Catalog (books) or Summon (books, journals, e-resources) to make sure the Mardigian Library does not own the material before placing your ILLiad request. If the title is available in the Library Catalog you should place a Hold Request for the item.

For assistance with interlibrary loan requests, please contact the MLDD office in Ann Arbor at 734-764-8584 or via email,

ILL/MeLCat Tips

Things to remember about interlibrary loan:

  • Try MeLCat first for faster delivery of books and A/V items.
  • The library cannot hold on to items indefinitely. Please pick up items within 10 days. Unclaimed items will be returned to the owning library.
  • Please do not wait until the last minute to order your items.
  • Patron information is confidential in compliance with the library's User Privacy Policy.
  • All items checked out from University Libraries in Ann Arbor can be returned to the Mardigian Library at the main service desk.
  • Please do not return ILL, MeLCat, or Askwith Media items through campus mail.
  • If items are lost, you will be charged for replacement of the item, plus a processing fee.
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