Interlibrary Loans

McMurry faculty, staff, and students may borrow books or request article copies from other libraries. Call or email the reference librarian, Keith Waddle (325-793-4683), if you have any questions about interlibrary loans.

How to borrow a book not at the McMurry Library
1)    Click the "Books & more" tab, search the title in the catalog, click the title link of a desired book, click the "Place A Hold On This Title" link and fill in the required fields, click "Place Hold." 
2)    If the title is not available in local libraries, choose one of the three following options for requesting a book through interlibrary loan:
·    Search the title in WorldCat, click the title link of a desired book, click the “ILL” link and fill in the required fields, click "Submit."
·    Search the title in Multi-Search, click the title link of a desired book, click the “Request this item through interlibrary loan” link and fill in the required fields, click "Submit." 
·    Click Request book loans and fill in the required fields, click "Submit Form."

How to request an article copy
1)    Search the Multi-Search database for a full-text copy of an article title.
2)    If the full-text article is not available in Multi-Search, choose one of the two following options for requesting an article copy through interlibrary loan:
·    Search the article in Multi-Search, click the title link of a desired article, click the “Request this item through interlibrary loan” link and fill in the required fields, click "Submit."
·    Click Request article copies and fill in the required fields, click "Submit Form."

Delivery
When your requested item arrives, you will be called for items on hold or contacted by email for interlibrary (ILL) items. Hold items usually arrive in one day and ILL requests in one week, depending on the item’s availability.

Costs
The McMurry Library does not charge for ILL services. Most libraries provide books or article copies at no charge. However, some libraries charge $5-$30 fees. You will be asked whether you wish to pay a fee before an ILL request is processed.

Copyright restrictions concerning article copies
·    The McMurry Library will not request nor provide more than 5 articles within a calendar year from a specific periodical title published in the past five years in compliance with Section 108 of the US copyright law and the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted works (CONTU) guidelines. This restriction does not apply to periodical issues older than five years.
·    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. Under the “fair use” provision of the law, photocopies or reproductions may be made if they are 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 is liable for any copyright infringement.

For more information on copyright law, see Making Copies: Interlibrary Loan (UT Austin), CONTU Final Report, Copyright Law Section 108.