Q. How is Interlibrary Loan being affected by COVID-19?

How is Interlibrary Loan being affected by COVID-19?
Because of the shift to online classes, I am no longer on campus every day and cannot pick up my Interlibrary Loan book. What can I do?


1. Book Loans Suspended

Due to the interlibrary delivery service for the State of NJ suspending it's deliveries, and because many libraries are closing, we will be unable to process requests for books at this time. Please try to use the MSU library ebook collections and databases in the mean time.

2. Book Pickups

The Sprague Library is closed as of Saturday, March 21st until further notice. Unfortunately we are unable to ship books to students and faculty.

3. Chapter requests

When possible, we encourage you to use the Book Section form to request a scan of the chapters you need. Copyright/fair use guidelines allow libraries to scan 2-3 chapters, or up to 10% of the book (or 30 pages, whichever is less). However, all requests may not be filled due to library closures and lack of ability to scan.

4. Request renewals early

Many libraries are extending due dates for items currently out. If your ILL is due soon, request a renewal in your ILL Account Portal before it is due to avoid needing to return the item to campus.

5. ILL requests may be delayed

Because the Sprague Library (and others) are experiencing reductions in hours and staff, ILL requests may be taking longer than usual. Many libraries are also changing their ILL policies and procedures, and may no longer be lending outside of their schools. We apologize for the inconvenience, but these are unusual circumstances. Please be patient as we all try to adapt!

  • Last Updated Mar 30, 2020
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  • Answered By Siobhan McCarthy

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