Limitations and Loan Periods

Limitations on Loans

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
  • Textbooks
  • Items on Reserve or in Special Collections in the UM Library
  • Whole issues of serials
  • Rare material
  • Genealogical, heraldic and similar material
  • Newspapers and manuscripts, unless available in microform

Exceptions to this list are occasionally made. Therefore, consult the ILL office about any research material not owned by the library.

No limit has been set on the number of items a patron may borrow. However, borrowers are reminded not to order more than they will be able to use during the allowed loan period. For best service, please submit requests as early in the semester as possible.

Loan Periods

The lending library determines the length of the loan period for books, which is usually between one and four weeks.

Renewals should be requested only in unusual circumstances, and should be requested BEFORE the due date. Many libraries do not allow any renewals, so patrons are urged to plan their research to complete the use of ILL material before the due dates.

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