Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is interlibrary loan? Interlibrary loan  (or "ILL") is a service UMA provides that allows you to borrow books, articles, and other materials from other libraries across the state and country if UMA doesn't have what you're looking for. 

To request books from Maine libraries,  use the “request” function in URSUS or MaineCat.

To request books or articles from other libraries, visit UMA’s Interlibrary Loan Service: OCLC Worldshare.

  • First time users must create an OCLC account.
  • Next, users must fill out the request form in the “Request Articles & Books” tab accurately and completely.
  • When materials are ready, the library will notify patrons by email or phone. Physical items will be held for a period of two weeks.
  • Loan periods for books may vary, depending on the lending library; renewal requests must be placed before an item becomes overdue.

Who can use interlibrary loan? Current students, faculty, and staff of UMA may use ILL services. Community borrowers may request items through URSUS or MaineCAT, but they do not have access to OCLC ILL.

We may be unable to fulfill requests for reference books, fragile or rare items, textbooks, dissertations, and journal volumes.

Please do not remove ILL labels.

Charges will apply for unreturned items.

Need Help? Ask a Librarian via chat or email (see links to the left) or call toll-free: instate Maine 1.800.339.7323;  National 1.888.479.4452