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Due to major system maintenance, you will not be able to request items through MeLCat beginning on November 18, 2015.  Renewals for MeLCat items will still be possible until December 2, 2015.  The system should be available for requesting again in early December.  If you are MSU faculty, student or staff, please try Uborrow.  Our community borrowers will not have access to interlibrary loan through MSU during that time. For more information, please read this MeLCat Server Migration FAQ. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Off Campus Users

If you are currently affiliated with MSU and distance learning or located at a facility that is located 50 miles or greater from MSU's East Lansing Campus, the MSU Libraries has a service to fill your need for material from the East Lansing Campus and interlibrary loan.

How do I register for InterLibrary Services?

  1. Go to First Time ILLiad User.
  2. Complete form.
    • For Status: select Distance Program (>50 miles)
    • For Department: select the correct Department affiliation
    • For Delivery Location: select the option closest to you, either a facility or delivery (>50 miles)

How do I request items as an Off Campus user if I already have an ILLiad account?

  1. Log into your ILLiad account.
  2. Complete a request form and indicate in the note that you are now in a Distance Program.
    • Remember, that is greater than 50 miles from East Lansing.
  3. Or, contact InterLibrary Services to change your status to Distance Program.

How do I get material from the MSU Libraries?

  1. Log on to ILLiad.
  2. Select either articles or books under Request MSU Owned Material.
  3. Complete the request form.
  4. When the item is received...
    • You will be notified by e-mail to access articles.
    • Books will be sent to your selected delivery location.

Please note: Print MSU dissertations will not be available through this service.

How do I get non-MSU material?

  1. Log on to ILLiad.
  2. Select either articles, books, disserations, or book chapters under Request Non-MSU Material.
  3. Complete the request form.
  4. When the item is received...
    • You will be notified by e-mail to access articles and other electronically delivered materials.
    • Books and other physical formats will be sent to your selected delivery location.
  5. For a book you can also search under Uborrow or MeLCat and request material (not articles).
    • Uborrow books will be sent to your delivery location automatically.
    • MeLCat books will be held at Circulation at the Main Library. Call to have sent to your delivery location.
    • If you are using MelCat to request material, you may find it more convenient to request the material through your local public library for local pickup.

How do I receive my requested physical items? And how do I return them?


  1. Requested items will be shipped to you via FedEx.  Staff will contact you to verify your most current address.  You will be required to sign for the package.
  2. For users affiliated with a Center, materials will be sent from the Main Library via FedEx to the Center.  You will pick up the material there.


  1. To return items, you will be asked to ship via a verifiable delivery system (such as FedEx or UPS) or to return the item in person.
  2. For users affiliated with a Center, material should be returned to the Center and staff will send via FedEx to the Main Library.

How do I receive my requested articles?

  1. A notice will be sent to your MSU e-mail with a link to the article.
  2. Click on the link, log on to your ILLiad account and view the article.

How do I track the status of my requests?

  1. Log on to ILLiad.
  2. Look under the View section.
  3. If not found in ILLiad, go to Your Library Account and log in.
    • View MSU Library material checked out to you.
    • View MeLCat material requested and checked out to you.

For assistance, please contact:

InterLibrary Services at ill@mail.lib.msu.edu or (517) 884-6398, Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm Eastern Time.

Distance Learning Services at reachout@msu.edu or (800) 500-1554, evenings and weekends.