F&M College Library

Interlibrary Loan at F&M

This guide demonstrates how faculty, staff and current students can use the interlibrary loan service!

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a borrowing service that enables F&M faculty, professional staff and current students get access to materials that F&M does not own, or that are not immediately available.  ILL includes both physical books and pdf copies of articles and book chapters, which are delivered electronically.  PDFs may arrive in as little as 1-2 days.  Books arrive on average in 1-2 weeks, but could take longer depending on availability. 


When to Use Interlibrary Loan

Place an ILL request after you have searched DISCOVER to ensure that we do not already have the item you need.  You may request the following items through ILL:

  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Articles (from journals, magazines, newspapers, etc.)
  • Other formats, including some audiovisual materials, music scores, and more!

Items NOT Available Through Interlibrary Loan

The following items are NOT available through ILL:

  • Brand new Textbooks (published within the last two years)
  • Full issues of journals
  • E-books
  • Some audiovisual materials (depending on availability)

Contact Us


Email us at iloan@fandm.edu or call 717-358-4224.

Our office hours are M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.