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  • Research Help: Interlibrary Loan

    Use this guide to help you learn about research and perform research yourself for both academic and leisurely activities.

    Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


    The Interlibrary Loan department provides students, faculty and staff with materials not contained in the Katie Murrell Library's collection by borrowing from other libraries not only in Kentucky but the entire United States.  Access to these materials is through the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and their online database, WorldCat.  ILL is a free service and anyone can request a book, an article, or another item. *The average loan time for a book is 5 weeks.*  Our library also obtains copies of both journal and newspaper articles needed as well.  If you have any questions or need help locating a book or journal article, connect with the Interlibrary Loan Office either virtually or in-person. 

    Need help making a request?  Watch our tutorial here!

    Kim Hamlett is the ILL contact.

    Requests may be made in one of the following ways:

    1. Complete the Online ILL Request Form
    2. Email
    3. Call (270) 384-8253



    If the ILL book has not been returned by the end of the semester, your student account will be charged $55.00 plus the fees from the lending library.

    Plan accordingly!

    Most requests are filled within 7-10 days, but they may take as long as 3 weeks. Therefore, plan research accordingly. The preferred method for notifying patrons when materials arrive is Email, so include an Email address in all requests.

    Off-Campus Students and Patrons

    Off-Campus patrons may request ILLs through the same channels. Items will arrive in the ILL office and then be processed before being mailed directly to the student's home address. A return label and postage sufficient to return books to Kim Hamlett will be enclosed. Because items must be processed after arrival and then mailed, allow an additional 5-7 days when planning your research.

    Journal Articles

    Journal articles received through ILL are generally supplied free of charge and become the property of the borrowing patron. If an item (either book or article) has a charge associated with it, the patron will be notified for approval before the item is sent.

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