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Interlibrary Loan: Lending to Other Libraries

Lending Policies

We are happy to lend our materials to other libraries (not individuals).  If your library is interested in borrowing an item from our collection, please send a request through OCLC.  (We also accept ALA forms through the mail or email.)

Loan Policies

  • Sixteen-week loan for books, music CDs and musical scores with no renewals permitted.
  • Three-week loan for VHS/DVD with no renewal permitted.
  • All items are subject to recall for Messiah University patrons.
  • We are not an international lender at this time.


  • We do not lend issues or volumes but will photocopy articles from journals or electronically send items from online databases within the guidelines of copyright law.
  • Transmission of articles will be through Odyssey, Article Exchange or email.
  • Charges are the same as for loans (see “Lending charges” below).

Lending Charges

  • PA libraries (PALCI & ACLCP), LVIS, reciprocal libraries and those libraries that do not charge: No charge.
  • Non-reciprocal libraries and those libraries that charge:  $10.00 per request.
  • Special requests may require different charges.

Non-circulation items include:

  • Serials
  • Reference
  • Teaching Resources
  • Artists' Books


  • We ship UPS, unless otherwise borrower requests another arrangement.
  • Materials may be returned via USPS Library Rate, FedEx or UPS.


IDS ID Number: 152


Shipping address:

Murray Library

Attn: Interlibrary Loan

One University Avenue

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Phone number:

717-691-6006 (x7242)

Email Contact:


  • Currently, our preferred billing method is OCLC IFM
  • Those institutions that do not use IFM will receive a copy of an invoice through email or US Mail, which would be payable by check to “Messiah University”.
  • Outstanding charges may result in a block being placed on the account

Contact ILL

Have questions?

Kimberly Steiner
Interlibrary Loan Supervisor