Borrowing Materials

Students from off-campus can borrow materials from the MLC Library by using their local public library and it’s services. Going through your local library is easy and efficient.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Materials at the MLC Library are available to users outside of the immediate area. If you have a local public library card, go to your library and request MLC materials through their ILL Services.

Interlibrary loan is a service offered by libraries, where a user of one library can borrow books or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library. The user makes a request to their local library, who is a mediator, identifies owners of the desired item, places the request, receives the item, makes it available to the user, and arranges for its return. The lending library usually sets the due date and overdue fees of the material borrowed. Although books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items, some libraries will lend audio recordings, video recordings, maps, sheet music, and microforms of all kinds. With many resources on the web, electronic articles are also available through ILL.  In many cases, nominal fees accompany interlibrary loan services.