Michigan State University

Distance Delivery Service

If you are currently affiliated with MSU and distance learning or located at a facility that is located 50 miles or greater from MSU's East Lansing Campus, the MSU Libraries has a service to fill your need for material from the East Lansing Campus and interlibrary loan.

How do I register for InterLibrary Services?

  1. Visit the ILLiad login page.
  2. Complete form.
    • For Pickup Location: select the option closest to you, either an MSU site location or delivery to your home (>50 miles)

How do I request items as a Distance User if I already have an ILLiad account?

  1. Log into your ILLiad account.
  2. Complete a request form and indicate in the note that you are now in a Distance Program.
    • Remember, you must be more than 50 miles from East Lansing.
  3. Or, contact InterLibrary Services to change your location.

How do I get material from the MSU Libraries?

  1. To get started: check the library catalog by publication title.
  2. If the item is available, simply use the Get It! button in the catalog record, and select “Request Item as Distance User.”
  3. Complete the request form.
  4. When the item is received:
    • You will be notified by e-mail to access articles.
    • Books will be sent to your selected delivery location.

How do I get non-MSU material?

  1. Log on to ILLiad.
  2. Select either the 'Scan (Article/Book Chapter') or  'Loan (Book/Other)' request form.
  3. Complete the request form.
  4. When the item is received:
    • You will be notified by e-mail to access articles and other electronically delivered materials.
    • Books and other physical formats will be sent to your selected delivery location.
  5. For a book or other physical item, you can also search under Uborrow or MeLCat and request material (not articles).
    • Uborrow books will be sent to your delivery location automatically.
    • MeLCat books will be held at Patron Services at the Main Library. Call to have sent to your delivery location.
    • If you are using MelCat to request material, you may find it more convenient to request the material through your local public library for local pickup.

How do I receive my requested physical items? And how do I return them?

Receipt

  1. Requested items will be shipped to you via UPS.  Staff will contact you to verify your most current address.  You will be required to sign for the package.
  2. For users affiliated with a Center, materials will be sent from the Main Library via UPS to the Center.  You will pick up the material there.

Return

  1. To return items, you will be asked to ship via a verifiable delivery system (such as FedEx or UPS) or to return the item in person.
  2. For users affiliated with a Center, material should be returned to the Center and staff will send via FedEx to the Main Library.

How do I receive my requested articles?

  1. A notice will be sent to your MSU e-mail with a link to the article.
  2. Click on the link, log on to your ILLiad account and view the article.

How do I track the status of my requests?

  1. Log on to ILLiad to view your requests.
  2. If not found in ILLiad, go to Your Library Account and log in.
    • View MSU Library material checked out to you.
    • View MeLCat material requested and checked out to you.