Through resource sharing, the University of Mississippi community has access to material not owned by the UM Libraries. The Interlibrary Loan Department (ILL) borrows materials from libraries for our users and lends UM materials to other libraries. Materials for our users are borrowed from libraries around the world. Like-wise, materials from the UM Libraries have travelled to many countries on several continents.
The conditions of ILL services are set by national and regional codes as well as by the policies of each lending library. The following types of materials ordinarily cannot be requested for loan:
- Material not related to scholarly research or instructional programs
- Items on Reserve or in Special Collections in the UM Library
- Whole issues of journals
- Rare material
- Genealogical, heraldic and similar material
- Newspapers and manuscripts, unless available in microform
During the summer of 2008, ILL began using Direct Request, a feature of our resource sharing software, ILLiad. If the OCLC number is on a request for a loan, Direct Request automates the request bypassing ILL staff. (Hint: Loan requests made from WorldCat via the Find It! button attach the OCLC number to the request.) The request is sent directly to ASERL libraries owning the item. Our Library belongs to this regional consortium along with the Universities of Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and several other southeastern libraries. Kudzu libraries (a subgroup within ASERL) expedite ILL delivery to one another. Getting your material for you in the fastest way possible is important to the UM ILL staff.
In August, 2009, the UM Libraries became a member of RapidILL resource sharing group. RapidILL is a resource sharing system designed by the interlibrary loan staff of Colorado State University Libraries. Members of this group adhere to a strict service agreement that is closely monitored for compliance. What does this mean? Journal articles should be obtained for you faster than ever before! During August and September ILL requested 905 journal articles from Rapid libraries. Eighty-seven percent were received within 24 hours of the requests being submitted. Even more impressive, 54% were received the same day the request was submitted.
Providing quality service in a timely manner is extremely important to the ILL staff. If you need any assistance, please call, email, or drop-by the ILL Office. We are there for you.