Interlibrary Loan services are for materials not owned by the UM Libraries. Please read and register for interlibrary loan and the information about our reciprocal borrowing partnerships.
By requesting an interlibrary loan (ILL), distance education student borrowers can obtain articles from journals not held in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) system. University of Maryland faculty and graduate students may also use ILL to request electronic copies of articles available in print journals or book chapters held at the UM Libraries via Scan & Deliver. ILL services are offered to distance education students, faculty and staff at UM College Park faculty, staff; however, it is limited to articles from journals.
Since books, dissertations, microforms, government documents, and technical reports, which are requested via Interlibrary Loan, are only available for pickup at McKeldin Library's Circulation Desk, you as a distance education student will not have interlibrary loan services to request materials not owned by the UM Libraries. You will have to use a local public library for your interlibrary loan services for books. You will have to go to your public library to discuss how they can help you in this capacity.
As distance education graduate students you have privileges to borrow from USAMI, the Big Ten, and CIRLA. Please review this page Access to Collection and Facilities, click on the tab UMD Graduates Students to review all of the services that are available to distance education students. Please read and follow the instructions on how to do start using this service; for example, the Big Ten requires you to complete a Borrowing Application. Note: If you would like to borrow from a Big Ten school you have to have onsite access to a Big Ten Library (e.g. be able to go to their campus). Additionally, as of now distance education students do not have access to UBorrow; however, we are working to offer you this service in the future.
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