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Inter-library loan: Requesting materials from other libraries

Submitting an interlibrary loan request ♦ How long does it take for materials to arrive? ♦ Picking up and returning materials ♦ Renewing interlibrary loans ♦ What is the cost of inter-library loans? ♦ Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat ♦ Connect to OCLC WorldCat

Submitting an inter-library loan request

If you need a book that is not available from the Webster-Eden Library System (Eden Theological Seminary Library or Webster University Library) or a state-wide MOBIUS library, or if you need a journal article that is not available print or electronic format from the Webster-Eden Library System, choose the appropriate form below to request the item:

How long does it take for materials to arrive?

  • Periodical articles (copies): 5 to 7 days
  • Books: Usually 10 working days
  • While we are able to obtain most of the material requested within this time frame, delivery cannot be guaranteed.

Picking up and returning materials

  • You will receive an e-mail notice when an ILL item arrives. Please supply current contact information on each request.
  • Books must be picked up at the 1st floor Service desk of Emerson Library. Be sure to bring your Eden ID with you to check the book out.
  • The due date is written on the slip on the front cover of the book.
  • Borrowing privileges may be jeopardized if books are returned late.
  • Books may be returned to Emerson Library at Webster University.
  • Borrowers are responsible for replacement or damage costs for ILL books.
  • Articles that arrive electronically will be posted to a secure area of a website and instructions on how to retrieve the article will be sent by email.
  • You may login at http://www.ariel.webster.edu at anytime to see if an article has been posted for you.

Renewing interlibrary loans

  • The lending library determines the due date for books and whether they may be renewed.
  • The due date is written on the slip on the front cover of the book.
  • To request a renewal, call the ILL office of the Webster-Eden Library System (314.246.7807) three days before the due date. ILL books cannot be renewed online.
  • You will be notified whether the lending library grants a nenewal.
  • If a renewal is not granted, you must return the book by the due date.

What is the cost of inter-library loans?

Inter-library loan services are free to the user. Costs are paid by the Webster-Eden Library System.

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat

This electronic resource is useful when you need to verify information about a book that you need or when you cannot find appropriate material in the Webster-Eden Library System catalog or in the state-wide MOBIUS system catalog.

This database contains information for books and other materials owned by libraries worldwide. More than 56 million items dating from 1000 AD to the present are listed, and new records are added daily. When you identify a book that you desire, you can place a direct request for it through the OCLC WorldCat Web site. Requests for materials that are owned by and currently available from the Webster-Eden Library System will not be honored.

Connect to OCLC WorldCat

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