Interlibrary Loan and MeLCat Service have been suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will resume MeLCat service as soon as the MeLCat network begins operating again, hopefully by the end of July. We do not expect that traditional ILL, which is heavily driven by academic libraries, will resume service before Fall 2020. Thanks for your patience.
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 three to six weeks). For more information about ILL services, please visit the ILL FAQ page.
Before submitting an ILL request check to see if the item is available via MeLCat at mel.org.
- 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 us at (734) 327-4200
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)
- New books On Order for the Ann Arbor District Library
- Items published within the past 6 months
- Items held at libraries outside of the United States and Canada
- Items available from the MEL system (MEL.org)
The following items are difficult to obtain through Interlibrary Loan:
- Reference and genealogy books
- Rare or unusual publications
- Self-published books
- Items not listed in WorldCat