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Interlibrary Loans

A guide to requesting interlibrary loans.

ILL Policies

Types of Inrterlibrary Loans

There are two types of Interlibrary loans: NOBLE loans and OCLC loans.

Any registered library user may place requests for NOBLE loans.

Only current Merrimack College students, faculty, and staff and faculty emeriti may place requests for OCLC loans.

Types of Materials Available

The lending library determines what materials are or are not to be loaned.  When you request an item, staff will make an effort to locate a library that is willing to lend.  If no library is willing to lend the requested item, you will be notified.


Regrettably, the library cannot facilitate interlibrary loan requests for textbooks, because (1) few libraries own the latest edition of textbooks, (2) even fewer of those libraries are willing to lend textbooks, and (3) none of those libraries allow items they lend to be checked out for the entire semester.

Please email with any questions concerning this policy. 

Charges and the Use of Interlibrary Loan Materials

McQuade Library does not charge users for NOBLE or OCLC loans.

Processing Time

Borrowing Materials:

Staff process most requests the same day and almost always within 24 hours with the exception of holidays. While most requests arrive within a 3-5 business days, ILL users are asked to allow up to two weeks for borrowed materials to arrive. Most materials are received via U.S. mail, regional delivery, fax or email however, keep in mind that McQuade Library has no control over when materials arrive.

Notification of Arrival of Materials

ILL users will be contacted by phone or email (this information is given on the ILL request form) when their material has arrived. Books must be picked up at the library because they must be checked out on the circulation system. Books will be held at the Circulation Desk for one week and if they are not checked out are returned to the lending library. Members of the Merrimack College community who live or work on campus may have their article requests sent to them via campus mail. A delivery preference may be indicated on the ILL request form.

Returning Materials and Renewal Requests

All borrowed materials should be returned to the Circulation Desk. The ILL user should leave the ILL bookstrap or identification band on the book.

If a renewal is necessary the ILL user should notify Circulation staff before the original due date. Renewals are not guaranteed as they are given at the discretion of the lending library. Repeated disregard of lending library due dates by ILL users will result in the loss of ILL service until all materials have been returned or paid for.

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