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Get This for Me! - Interlibrary Loan (ILL): FAQ

This guide covers how interlibrary loan (ILL) works at CCS Library and includes the forms needed to request materials from external partners

MeLCat (Books & DVDs)

  1. Go to MeLCat and type in your search keyword (you can also search by title or author)
  2. Click on the item you want
  3. Click on the gray box that says "Get this from MeLCat"
  4. Select College for Creative Studies from the drop-down menu
  5. Login with your name and CCS ID number to complete the request

Requests arrive within 5 days, as they are delivered via an in-state courier service.

Books have a 21-day lending period, with the possibility of one 21-day renewal. Videos and DVDs have a 7-day lending period with no renewal.

Patrons can see the items they have checked out and check the status of requests at any time via MyMeLCat. To login, enter your name and CCS ID number. You can renew items here as well.

Books may be renewed for an additional 21 days. DVDs are not eligible for renewal. Renewals for MeLCat items are through the MyMeLCat page. Select College for Creative Studies, then login with your name and CCS ID number.

Worldshare (Articles & Book Chapters)

Please use the form to request a digital article or book chapter.

Requests for physical items can take up to 1-2 weeks, depending on item availability and location. Requests for articles or book scans can take up to 1-2 business days.

Lending periods for ILL materials are set by the lending library. These typically range from 4-6 weeks. Electronic articles or book chapters are available indefinitely, though you must download them from the link within 30 days. Be sure to save the article to your computer, as the link expires after 5 downloads.

Physical ILL materials will be checked out to you in the CCS Library's catalog, and you can keep track of due dates in your patron account. Be advised that renewals must be requested via the renewal request form before the item is due. If you have a question about an ILL request, please email

You can request a renewal. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. Please submit requests for renewals at least 4 days prior to your due date. Renewals may not be requested for overdue materials, and the renewal length is set by the lending library (not the CCS Library).


CCS Library will not place requests in for the following items:

  • High-demand items (i.e. textbooks, newly published items, and best sellers)
  • Non-circulating items (i.e. reference materials)
  • eBooks
  • Computer software
  • Genealogical research materials
  • Entire volumes or issues of journals
  • Newspapers in print format
  • Maps
  • Rare books or items (i.e. special collection materials)
  • Dissertations, theses, original manuscripts, and unpublished works

There are no ILL request limits. However, you should refrain from submitting a large number of requests at one time. Prioritize your requests and submit them at different times to enable ILL staff to work on your most urgent requests first. Plan ahead when requesting materials, as the average time required to obtain materials is 1-2 weeks for physical items and 1-2 business days for articles. The wait time can sometimes be longer, depending on format and availability of an item.

CCS Library reserves the right to establish priorities of service if the number of requests received from a single patron might adversely affect the service offered to others.

If we are unable to find a library that can fill your request, we will notify you promptly. Please consider scheduling a reference appointment after we contact you so that we can assist you in identifying an alternate, more readily available source on the same subject.

Please return all ILL materials to the circulation desk in the CCS Library. Do not deposit ILL books in the bookdrop. Be sure to keep bookstraps and labels on the materials, as this ensures the book is returned to its home library.

Recalled items must be immediately returned to the CCS Library so they can be sent back to their home library. Failure to return recalled materials within 24 hours will result in fines from the lending library and a suspension of your ability to participate in ILL services until the materials are returned.

Fines & Fees

Requesting materials from ILL is free for all CCS students, staff, and faculty. While we are proud to offer these services at no cost to our users, we ask that our patrons be mindful of the fact that providing these services is not without cost to the Library and the College. We ask, therefore, that you request only those items that you plan to use directly in your research, teaching, and study.

Overdue ILL materials are subject to $1/day fine. If you have overdue materials, your ILL privileges will be suspended until materials are returned. These overdue charges will be added to your CCS Library account. Electronic materials (articles and chapter scans) do not have a due date.

If your physical ILL materials are lost or damaged, please contact immediately. ILL materials are the property of the lending library. You will be responsible for the fines and/or replacement costs for the material; costs will differ depending on the lending library's policy. Once CCS Library receives the bill, this cost will be added to your CCS Library account.

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