Sometimes, neither the Columbia or MJC libraries will own a particular item that you need. When this happens you can always submit an Interlibrary Loan request (also known as ILL). This service allows you to request items from a different library and have them shipped to our library. Physical items such as books, DVDs and CDs can take up to a couple of weeks to arrive, while magazine articles can come as soon as a few days.
Once you have located an item that neither library owns in Discovery, click on the items title and then click on the "Request Item" button (as circled in orange in the picture below).
NOTE: Our agreements with reciprocating libraries allow us to provide this service free of charge. For community patrons, up to three ILL requests will be filled for free per semester. Subsequent ILLs will be filled at $10 per request.
You will then be transferred to the "request form." You only need to fill out the required fields, which are designated with an asterisk.
Once this form is submitted, a member of the library staff will process your request as soon as they can. You will be contacted when your requested item becomes available, or if we were not able to get the item.