Interlibrary Loan or ILL for short, is the way that you can access resources from another library.
While we can often get articles emailed to us within a day or two, please plan on 5-7 days for ILL articles to be safe. Books may take longer as the lending library has to process the book and mail it to us before we can lend it to you.
Please be prepared with the full citation because citations that are not complete may delay or stop the ILL process if we can't figure out what you need. We do not ILL textbooks and thesis can be very difficult to find.
You'll occasionally find a book or an article that the Merced College Library does not own or have access to through the databases.
We can ask another library to send us the book or the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We will always try to get it for free, but the lending library might charge to make a copy of the article or to mail the book. Depending on the lending library, charges can range anywhere from $5 - $25. On the ILL PDFs, please mark if you are willing to pay if necessary, and how much.
Textbooks are excluded from ILL services.