​Document Delivery Services for Minnesota State Mankato Students and Staff

Request library items, such as books, be mailed to your home, have an article or book chapter scanned and sent to you electronically. This is a service for only current Minnesota State Mankato students and faculty/staff.

Signup for Document Delivery

What is document delivery?

Document Delivery is a service for students and faculty who are not regularly in Mankato. You can request that:

  • Physical library items, such as books, be mailed to your home.
  • A book chapter or article be scanned and sent to you electronically.

Books can be from the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s circulating library collections or from other libraries (interlibrary loan). Articles from periodicals (newspapers, magazines, or journals) can be requested from the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s library collections and from other libraries.

Who is eligible for this service?

Any MSU faculty/staff or currently registered student who is not regularly in Mankato can use this service.

How much does this service cost?

The Library does not charge you for this service.  You are responsible for any costs to return books to the Library.

How to I signup for Document Delivery?

First, complete the form: Document Delivery Signup for Students & Staff.

We will update your patron record to Document Delivery Patron and update address if necessary. Process will take a day or two.

How do I request an item through Document Delivery?

Visit our Sending Library Items to You guide for step-by-step instructions. If you need guidance, contact us using our Ask a Librarian service.

Are there any restrictions on what I can request ?

Copyright restrictions apply, therefore articles or chapters that you request are limited to 50 pages in length.

How long do I get to keep materials?

Normal loan periods for your status (students or faculty/staff) apply to books and other materials from Minnesota State Mankato. Due dates for materials borrowed from other libraries are determined by the lending library, but will usually be 3-4 weeks from shipping date.

How do I return materials sent to my home address?

You are responsible for returning books to the Minnesota State Mankato Library. If you choose to return materials by mail, extra time to ensure that they are received before the due date. You may wish to insure these materials.

You can ask staff at one of our extended campus locations, such as the 7700 France facility in Edina, about returning materials free-of-charge in the campus mail system. Delivery address is Interlibrary Loan, Memorial Library 3097.

Many Minnesota Libraries will do a courtesy book return using the Minitex Courier system. That means they will send it back to MSU for you. College or university libraries are usually the best place to ask. You can also ask your local public library.If you intend to return the items by U.S. mail, you can address the items to:

Interlibrary Loan
Minnesota State University, Mankato
P.O. Box 8419
Mankato, MN 56002-8419

How long does it take to get mailed or scanned items?

An article or book chapter is usually scanned and emailed to you within 3 days. Mailing our library items usually takes a week. Document delivery service from other libraries varies; books requested through interlibrary loan could be delivered in as little as a week, but occasionally take four weeks or more.

How do I discontinue Document Delivery Service?

Contact Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Staff at msuill@mnsu.edu or 507-389-1473.

Instant Access

Library Services licenses thousands of e-books and electronic journals. Check the Journals List for periodical titles available online. In our Books & Media search limit to Format: Electronic Book to see e-books.