InterLibrary Loan Info for Other Libraries

ILL Services for Other Libraries

Interlibrary Lending

Minnesota State University, Mankato's interlibrary loan service provides loans and copies of materials owned by Minnesota State Mankato Memorial Library to other academic, public, and special libraries. We cannot fill requests submitted directly by individuals who are not affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. Those patrons may request loans and copies of our materials through the interlibrary loan services of their own libraries.

We participate in the MnPALS and OCLC interlibrary loan networks and are members of SMILE, Minitex and LVIS. Our OCLC symbol is MNM.


Minnesota State Mankato interlibrary loan office is staffed during daytime business hours Monday through Friday. The office is closed on major holidays and from December 24 through January 1 each year.

How to submit requests

We accept requests from other libraries through the MnPALS (Alma) and OCLC ILL networks as well as ALA and IFLA forms, , fax, and e-mail. Sorry, no requests via telephone.

We do not provide rush service.

Please provide complete, accurate citations for all requests.

Our loan period for print materials is 13 weeks (91 days). Our loan period for audiovisual materials is 21 days. All loans are subject to recall if needed by our patrons.

Generally, we do not approve renewals, especially if item is already overdue. No renewals for AV items.

Borrowing libraries are responsible for damaged or lost materials.

Default replacement charge is $100.

Minnesota State Mankato is a reciprocal supplier. We do not charge Minitex, LVIS, and other free suppliers. If your library is not a reciprocal lender, we charge your library the same fee your library charges borrowers.

Reciprocity also applies to formats. We only lend AV materials such as DVDs if your library’s policy allows AV borrowing.

We participate in OCLC's ILL Fee Management (IFM) system.

Copy Policies

We will copy up to 50 pages per request.

Delivery Options

We ship loans via the Minitex and Traverse des Sioux (TDS) courier systems whenever possible. Standard delivery for other loans is U.S. Mail - Library Rate. If you want delivery via Federal Express, please supply your FedEx account number.

We ship copies via Article Exchange whenever possible. Standard delivery for other copies is U.S. Mail - First Class. If you want delivery via fax, please supply your fax number.

Have questions? Contact us!

Contact the ILL Office at (507) 389-1473 or the Reference Desk at (507) 389-5958 for further information.

ILL office hours during the academic year : M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Summer hours M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.