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Research & Applications MSED/MSOD

Strategies and tips for locating resources for your literature review project.

Interlibrary Loan

What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan is an exchange cooperative between libraries of all types.  The main purpose of interlibrary loan is to provide books and article copies that are not owned by a library to a student.

What does that mean for you?

As you explore the variety of resources that Dugan Library does offer, you will discover that there are many more items that have been published that we cannot provide access to.  There is no way that any library could purchase and store all the books and article copies that a student researcher might need.  Interlibrary loan helps to bridge those gaps in our collections that exist.

How do you request interlibrary loan items?

Below are some videos that show you the process of requesting items.  If you have questions you can contact one of our librarians and we will be happy to help you navigate the process.

How much does interlibrary loan cost?

There is no charge to current students, faculty and staff at Newman University.  Although the process isn't free for the library, it is not a charge that is passed along to those who make use of the system.  

How long does it take to get interlibrary loan items?

Books take a little bit longer because we have to wait for them to be shipped from a lending library through a statewide courier system or through USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc. Normally you can expect a book to arrive in 2-10 business days.  Times vary based upon lending library locations and shipping options.  We do our best to get the items as quickly as possible for you, but please keep in mind that it is not an overnight process.

Article copies usually arrive within 1-2 business days. In rare cases it may take longer, especially if the journal is not owned by many libraries. 

How do I get my interlibrary loan items?

Books: If you live in the greater Wichita area or in Sedgwick county, it is expected that you will come to campus and pick up the books.  If you live farther away, we will mail the books to you.  While we are happy to pay to ship the books to you, you will be responsible for the cost of shipping the books back to us, so please keep that in mind.

Article copies: Article copies usually arrive in the form of pdf files.  You can choose how you would like to receive them.  We are happy to print them out for you and you can drop by and pick them up at the library OR we can send you the file via email.  You will just need to let us know what option you would prefer.

How long can you keep interlibrary loan items?

Books: It depends on the lending library.  The lending library sets the due date and it is the student's responsibility to make sure they get back to Dugan Library by the due date.  If you are in Wichita, you can drop the book off by the due date.  If you have had us ship the book to you, you need to return it allowing for the travel time to reach us here by the due date.  Unfortunately, this means that you will have a reduced loan time to allow for mailing it back and forth, so please keep this in mind when you request books.

Articles: Article copies are yours to keep and do not need to be returned.

Who do I contact to request books and journal articles?

You'll need to contact our library associate, Emily Simon.  Emily's primary work responsibilities include interlibrary loan.  She will be your main point of contact for this service.  She will let you know when books are available and will email or print the article copies you request.  The email address you should use is:  More detailed instructions are given in the videos below.