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Request an item through WorldCat, Interlibrary Loan or E-ZBorrow

E-ZBorrow is an online catalog that allows you to search academic libraries in Pennsylvania for books and AV materials. If one of the libraries has an available copy it will be sent to our library, usually within 7 working days. You will receive a series of emails with the status of your order every step of the way, including: when the item was shipped; when you can pick it up at the library; and when it has been returned to the lending library. It’s a fast and easy way to get the books you need.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
ILL is a library service that allows you to borrow all types of materials from libraries across the nation. If there is an item you want, we will locate it and order it for you. You will be notified when your item has arrived.

WorldCat
WorldCat is a search tool for locating materials both at North Hall and from other libraries. If you locate something in WorldCat that Mansfield doesn't own, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan directly from WorldCat. Be sure to use the limiters on the left of the WorldCat screen to limit to books.

Who is eligible?
All currently registered students, faculty, staff, administrators, and retired faculty of Mansfield University may use these services. Alumni, courtesy patrons and other members of the general public should contact their local public library to borrow materials.

What may be requested?

  • WorldCat:
    • Books
    • Audiovisual materials – note: many libraries will not lend videos, DVDs, CDs, or software.
  • E-ZBorrow:
    • Books
    • Audiovisual materials – note: many libraries will not lend videos, DVDs, CDs, or software.
  • ILL:
    • Books
    • Copies of Journal and Newspaper articles
    • Newspaper Microfilm
    • Theses/Dissertations – note: often only available for a fee and may take more than a week to receive
    • Audiovisual materials – note: many libraries will not lend videos, DVDs, CDs, or software.

How are requests submitted?
Before placing a request, check the MU Library Catalog (PILOT) and the Journals List to be sure we do not own or have access to the item.

WorldCat – Access WorldCat from the library homepage under Books or ILL, and login using the 18-digit barcode number on your University ID. Search for the item you want and submit a request.

E-ZBorrow – Access E-ZBorrow from the library homepage under ILL, and login using the 18-digit barcode number on your University ID. Search for the item you want and submit a request.

Interlibrary Loan - Fill out an Interlibrary Loan request form. You will need your 7-digit student ID number to use interlibrary loan.

Will it cost anything?
E-ZBorrow materials are free. Most ILL & WorldCat materials are also free of charge. If there is a fee, we will contact you for your approval before submitting the order.

How long will it take?
Articles can take up to five business days or longer to arrive. Books or other items may be received in two or more weeks. You will be notified via your Mansfield e-mail address when your item(s) arrives.

How do we deliver items to you?
You will be notified by email when materials are received. You may choose among the following delivery options:

  • Pick up at the library – Items are held at the Circulation Desk.
  • Mail – Photocopies can be mailed to your address. Books and other returnable items can be mailed if you are a Distance Education Student or Student Teaching.
  • E-mail – You will be notified by email about articles that are available online. Follow the instructions in the email to access the article.
  • Fax – Photocopies can be faxed if you provide us with your fax number.

Note: Library materials will only be shipped to addresses in the USA. Articles in an electronic format are available to patrons worldwide.

What is the loan period?
Loan periods are usually three to four weeks. The due date will be marked on the book band attached to the item. Photocopies are yours to keep.

Can renewals be requested?
E-ZBorrow books may be renewed once through the MU Library Catalog or the Book Renewal link on the library homepage.

Most interlibrary loan and WorldCat materials can be renewed online. Log into interlibrary loan, and click on "View/Renew Checked Out Items".

In rare cases, you may find a restriction marked on the book band indicating that No Renewals are allowed. If you have problems renewing materials, contact the ILL office by phone or email.

Where should materials be returned?
Please return all WorldCat, E-ZBorrow and ILL items to the Circulation Desk or send by U.S. Mail to the Interlibrary Loan Office on or before the due date to avoid fines. Photocopies are yours to keep.

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