Use the search box on the library homepage and then the button to place your request.
Use the button located in most of our databases to create an ILL request for a specific item.
Fill out the appropriate blank electronic Interlibrary Loan Request form:
Before you submit your request check MnPALS or Journal Finder to make sure we do not own what you need. Use the Request a CSB/SJU item form or the Photocopy Request form to have CSB/SJU materials delivered to the opposite campus.
Please contact the CSB ILL Office (363-5604) or the SJU ILL Office (363-2120) with questions, or refer to Interlibrary Loan FAQ for more information. You may also want to consult our page of ILL Terms and Definitions.
The Interlibrary Loan department borrows materials from other libraries for use by members of the SJU/CSB academic communities. Materials are borrowed locally through a direct borrowing network, regionally through the MINITEX network, and nationally through OCLC.
Faculty, staff, current students, and members of the Benedictine communities at SJU and CSB may request materials through the Interlibrary Loan department. Alumni and local borrowers should request Interlibrary Loan materials through their local public libraries.
There are three ways to request materials through the Interlibrary Loan department.
- Student ID
- Authentication (your surname or first 8 digits of same)
- Until What Date ( MM/DD/YYYY)
Many requests for copies of articles arrive within a few days, and the majority of items arrive within two weeks so please allow at least that much processing time when making your request. Turnaround time varies greatly for Interlibrary Loan requests, depending on the nature of the material and the location of the lender.
We make every attempt to order all requested materials within one to two business days of when the requests were submitted. Materials are always ordered from local libraries if possible.
Interlibrary Loan staff will contact you by e-mail when your material arrives.
Requested articles may be delivered electronically, in which case your email will include a URL and PIN which you use to read, print or download your article using Adobe Acrobat software. See http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Sharing/Medd/ for additional information. Photocopies of articles not available this way will be held for you at the Circulation Desk.
Requested books are held until due back to the lending library, usually 3 weeks.
To check the status of your ILL requests, cancel requests, or request renewals log on to "My Account" in MnPALS
Lending libraries set the due dates for the materials they lend.
Due dates are indicated on the blue or yellow bookmark that comes with the book, and in MNPals on My Account.
Please return books to the Circulation desk at either library on or before the due date, in order to avoid overdue charges.
Interlibrary Loan Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library and cannot be guaranteed.
To renew an Interlibrary Loan item online:
If the due date does not change or the renewal request is denied please contact the ILL Offices for assistance at 363-5604 (CSB) or 363-2120 (SJU).
The following are request statuses you may encounter in "Your borrowing record" within MnPALS.
New: ILL request has been received, but hasn’t yet been processed.
Sent to Supplier: The request has been sent to a potential lending ILL office.
Shipped: The request has been shipped to CSB/SJU and the ILL office will contact the patron when it arrives.
Loaned to Patron: The ILL request has arrived at either the CSB or SJU library; the patron has been notified and the item is checked out to them.
Locate failed: The ILL system couldn’t find the item, but the ILL staff will locate a lending library.
Cancelled: The ILL staff could not find a lending library. The patron will always receive an email updating them of the status.
Waiting Renewal Reply: The lending library is reviewing the request and will send a reply within a few days.
Renewal accepted: The renewal request has been accepted and the patron needs to return the item by the new due date.
Renewal Rejected: The ILL item has the original due date and needs to be returned by the due date. If the patron still needs the title longer, then they need to make another online ILL request for the same title.
Returned by library: The CSB/SJU ILL office has received the ILL material from the patron and it has been returned to the lending library.
Closed: The ILL material has been returned to the lending library and they have CLOSED the ILL transaction.
When you see this: (OCLC# 12345678) This indicates the ILL staff are filling the ILL request from an OCLC supplier and most likely it will come from outside the 5-state area.
*Questions or problems can be directed to email@example.com.
*Be sure the 'need by date' is one month or more to avoid a processing delay.
*Adding a special note to the request will delay the processing. The ILL staff must review the note before the request is processed.
*If there is a $5.00 fee for an ILL item the patron will be asked if they are willing to pay the fee before the request is processed.