Interlibrary Services Policy

When to Use 

Interlibrary Services borrows books and obtains copies of articles from other institutions for MSU Library patrons when the Library does not own the book or article requested.

Eligible Patrons

MSU Faculty (Full-Time, Part-Time, Adjunct, Retired)
MSU Staff
MSU Students (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Ineligible Patrons

Retired MSU Staff
MSU Alumni
Students not currently enrolled at MSU
Faculty and students from other colleges
Area residents and the general public


Free - unless otherwise specified (e.g. when the lending institution charges a fee).

Excluded and Hard-to-Get Materials

We don't borrow textbooks, reference works, archival materials or rare books from other libraries for you.

Government documents, dissertations, current best sellers, DVDs, and CDs are often not lent out by other libraries.  You can submit a request, but it may not be available for loan.

Copyright Restrictions

By utilizing this service, you are agreeing to abide by Title 17 of the U.S. Code, which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.