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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Guidelines

Use Interlibrary Loan to request items such as books and journal articles owned by other libraries when the item can't be found at the LCC Library or through the MeLCat Service.

Placing a Request

Please allow two weeks for delivery of ILL requests. You may place an ILL request from the Interlibrary Loan page.

Eligible Users and Privileges

Lansing Community College students who are currently enrolled (including those enrolled in LCC off-campus or distance learning courses), faculty, employees, academic affiliate students, retirees, and LCC alumni association members may use ILL service.

LCC students, retirees, alumni association members, and academic affiliate students may request up to 8 items at a time. LCC employees may request up to 12 items at a given time.

Requestable Items

You may request:

  • Most books
  • Government documents
  • Dissertations
  • Journal articles
  • Microfilm or microfiche

Dissertations that are unavailable through ILL can be purchased by the requestor from University Microfilms International (UMI).

You may not request:

  • AV materials (VHS tapes, DVDs, film, CDs, sound recordings, computer software)
  • Entire issues of journals
  • Textbooks for classes
  • Fiction, historical fiction and/or popular books such as those on the "Best Seller" list
  • Items owned by or on reserve at the LCC Library
  • Reference books
  • Items available through the MeLCat service

Fees, Overdues and Lost Materials

There is no cost to borrow entire books, government documents, or dissertations through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

For journal articles and chapters of books the LCC Library will pay the first $20. If the cost of your request is more than $20 you may pay the additional cost. You will be notified of any additional costs and your options before your request is finalized.

Fees for overdue, lost, and damaged Interlibrary Loan materials are determined by the lending library and are the responsibility of the borrower. Difficulty in retrieving overdue ILL items or failure to pay fees for lost or damaged items will result in the suspension of Interlibrary Loan service privileges, suspension LCC Library borrowing privileges, and an academic hold (LCC students).

Notification of Request Arrival

You will be notified that your request has arrived through your LCC email account. You may also log in to Your Library Account to see if your item is available for pick-up.

Pick Up and Return of Requested Items

Pick Up

Non-returnable items (journal articles and book chapters) will be sent to your LCC email account.

Returnable items (entire books, dissertations, government documents) may be picked up at the Library Checkout Desk (2nd floor, TLC Building). Students and employees at LCC East, West Campus, or Livingston County Center may receive items through the Items Delivery service.


On campus borrowers (downtown campus) should return items in the book return drop box outside of the TLC Building or inside the Library.

Off campus borrowers may return items through the courier service.

Lending Periods and Renewals

Due dates for returnable items are determined by the lending library. It is the responsibility of the LCC user to comply with the lending library's loan period.

You may request renewal of ILL items; however, the lending library may deny a renewal request. If the lending library chooses not to renew an item, you must return it by its due date. Renewals must be requested at least 3 days before the due date by phoning the ILL office at 517-483-1665 or by email to Brice Neugent at

Definition of ILL Terminology

On campus refers to borrowers located on the downtown LCC campus.
Off campus refers to borrowers located at LCC East, West Campus, or Livingston County Center.
Returnable items are entire books, dissertations, and government documents.
Non-Returnable items are chapters of books and journal articles.

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