Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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. We are only able to fulfill requests that do not have an associated fee or cost.

To request books from Maine libraries, use the “request” function in (Library Catalog (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 click the "Create Request" button and choose article or book. Fill out the request form 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.

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 the circulation desk at Katz Library (207-621-3349) or Nottage Library (207-262-7900).