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. 

  • Visit UMA’s Interlibrary Loan Service to request books or articles from other libraries.
    • First time users must create an ILL account in OCLC, UMA’s ILL service.
    • 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.
  • Patrons with valid  IDs can also use the “request” function in URSUS or MaineCat
  • 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. In all cases, some general rules do apply:

  • We may be unable to fulfill requests for: reference books, bulky or fragile items; rare or valuable materials; textbooks; dissertations; and entire issues of journals.
  • Do not remove the ILL label.
  • 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