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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows Ann Arbor District Library cardholders to borrow materials (books, photocopies of magazine articles, and microfilm) not found in our collection. The time frame for obtaining interlibrary loan items varies depending upon availability, shipping, and distance of the lending library (generally from two to four weeks). For more information about ILL services, please visit the ILL FAQ page. If you have any questions, please call the Downtown Reference Desk at (734) 327-4525. MeLCat requesting was suspended as of October 2, 2017, as port of our migration to a new catalog and website system.  We will rejoin the MeLCat network in Spring 2018 after the migration is complete. More details are available here.

  • For journal articles, microfilm, and books: fill out the online form to have the request processed by the ILL department. You can identify titles by browsing WorldCat, a worldwide online catalog of books. Please be aware that not all items listed in WorldCat are available to borrow.
  • In Person: ask for assistance in person at any AADL location.
  • By Telephone: call the Downtown Reference Desk at (734) 327-4525.

Please Contact Us to suggest a title for purchase or share your comments or questions. The following items are not available through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Audio-visual materials (videos, DVDs, CDs, BOCs, BOCDs, e-books, etc)
  • Titles owned by the Ann Arbor District Library (available, in circulation, or on hold)
  • Items published within the past 6 months
  • Items held at libraries outside of the United States and Canada

The following items are difficult to obtain through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Reference and genealogy books
  • Rare or unusual publications
  • Items not listed in WorldCat