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Interlibrary Loan: I'm a College Now Student

How does this work?

If you find a book through the online catalog that SMSU owns, you can request that we pull it from the shelf and send it to you. Also, if SMSU doesn't own a book or the full-text of an article that you need, we have a wide network of libraries we can ask to borrow it from-- and then pass it along to you. Here are the essential things to know about this service:

  • Books will be shipped to your home address. 
  • You are responsible for the cost of returning the book to SMSU: we recommend mailing it "media mail." You can also return it to SMSU or any other colleges/universities in the MinnState system in person. 
  • Electronic versions of articles will be delivered to your SMSU email. 
  • If you are enrolled as a College Now student, we know to send books and paper copies of articles to your home-- you don't have to ask. 
  • The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) office takes care of your requests, so feel free to contact Maria or Conni with questions! 

How long does it take?

If SMSU Library owns the requested item, document delivery service will usually take a week. Books and articles from other libraries could be delivered in as little as a week but may take 3-4 weeks.

How do I return materials sent to my home?

You must return books to the SMSU Library in person or by mail. If you choose to return materials by mail allow time to ensure receipt at SMSU Library before the due date. Media mail is usually the least expensive option; please ask your post office clerk. Please remember that you are responsible for all return mailing costs.

If you choose to return books by mail, please use the return address labels included in the books when they were delivered to you. Or, mail to:

SMSU Library—Interlibrary Loan
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street, BA 303
Marshall, MN 56258

Contact ILL

Office hours: weekdays 8:30am-4pm

507-537-6158 (Liz) or
507-537-6165 (Maria)


SMSU Library-Interlibrary Loan
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258