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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Services

Materials needed for research that are not available at the University of Mobile may be requested through interlibrary loan. Requests may be made by UM faculty, staff and currently registered students.
(See bottom of this page for links to online forms)

Requests are normally processed within 24 hours. PLEASE ALLOW TWO WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. Deadlines should be noted on the request form with the understanding that delivery times are not guaranteed. If the material is needed in less than five days please reconsider the request.


Patrons are financially responsible for any borrowing fees, photocopying charges, overdue fines, damaged or lost materials charges that are assessed by the lending library. These charges are due regardless of when the materials are received unless a deadline or maximum has been noted on the request form.

Books Requests: Although most libraries lend books free of charge, some libraries, especially large research libraries charge $10.00 or more per book.

Photocopy Requests: We request interlibrary loans from free libraries first, however, most libraries do charge between $10.00 and $20.00 per photocopy ILL request.

Payment is due upon receipt of the interlibrary loan.

Loan Period and Renewals

The loan period, usually one month, is set by the lending library. Renewal requests must be made three days before the due date, so that the lending library can be contacted to request renewal permission. Items may be renewed once.

On-line Forms

Click on one of the following links to send an electronic inter-library request form:




    UM Worldcat Discovery Search

    To expand your search to include not only UM's holdings but worldwide sources, search UM's Book and Database collection by keyword using our Worldcat Discovery service. Our holdings will show first and then you will see holdings from other libraries. Once you're in Worldcat, look at the menu's on the lefthand side of the page for advanced searching and limiting.


    Reach our Librarians

    Let us help you with your Research! You can reach our Public Services Staff at 251.442.2246 or toll free 1.800.946.7267 during library hours or you can email us at

    Electronic Journals

    If you have the citation for an article, you can use this database to locate the item electronically if we have access to it.  Also, this is a useful database to use for browsing E-journals.  For example, if an instructor assigns you to locate an article from "Education Week," you can search by that journal title in the database, then find a list of full-text articles available for specific volume/issues.


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