InterLibrary Loan

Click here for books, chapters, pages (be sure to always request title and verso).

Click here for articles.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a voluntary system of sharing materials between libraries. ILL provides access to items not currently available in our own library collection or not available in full-text through our online databases.

This service is available to all TMU students, faculty and staff who reside locally.  Online Program students, Summer Institute Program students and Non TMU patrons, who hold a current TMU library card, should request ILL items through a local public library.  International students may contact the Reference Librarian, Miss T., for other possible alternatives (  Master's Seminary students must request ILL through The Master's Seminary Library.

Interlibrary Loan Manager

Grace Kamffer may be contacted by email.

Requesting Material

All ILL requests must be checked by the patron against TMU holdings prior to placing the request to verify that the item is unavailable from the TMU Library.

A limit of 5 ILL requests per day, per student will be submitted.

ILL request may be made directly through the WorldCat Discovery search platform.  When a needed item is found but not held by the Powell Library, simple select the "Request item" button under "Availability" within the item record.

ILL forms may also be accessed through the links above. There is a separate form for periodicals and one for books, chapters or specific pages from books.  Be sure to also request the title and verso when requesting a portion of a book so you will be able to properly cite your source. Submitting an ILL form for periodicals and portions of books indicates the patron has read the copyright statement and is willing to comply with all pertinent copyright laws. These ILL requests will not be sent without it.

Items not available through ILL

  • eBooks
  • Textbooks that are in use during the current semester
  • Books published before 1900
  • Newly published books
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • AV materials (videos, CDs, DVDs, tape cassettes, LPs, etc. are almost impossible to get)
  • Genealogy materials

Waiting for ILL items

After submitting the request the average wait time for books is between 7 to 10 days and for articles, chapters in books or pages from books is between 3 to 5 days although it may take longer.

Picking up items

All ILL books must be picked up in the library. Patrons will be notified by email when the item is available. Books will not be sent to patrons by U.S.P.S. or by campus mail. Articles, chapters and pages will be sent to patrons through email.


There are no charges for borrowing books, copies of book chapters, pages or copies of journal articles.

Loan Periods

Loan periods are set by the lending libraries. Books are generally loaned for 2 to 4 weeks.  Book chapters and pages like articles are yours to keep.

Renewing ILL Books

Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. One renewal is usually available unless otherwise indicated on the item. Renewal requests must be made to the InterLibrary Loan Manager by email ( on or before the due date. The ILL department will email the patron with the new due date.

ILLs cannot be renewed at the circulation desk. They must be renewed through the TMU ILL department. Renewals are not needed for copies of articles as they become the property of the patron.

Loans are made possible through the courtesy of another library. Respect their generosity by returning material on time.


Overdue material will incur fines and possible blocks on the patron record.

A fine of $1.00 per day per item will be charged for items not returned or renewed by the due date.

Overdues on any library items in excess of $25 will block future use of ILL until fines are paid.

Lost or damaged ILL books

Borrowers are responsible for lost or damaged books.


Last updated April 2016. For more information contact the circulation desk (661) 362-2278.