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Michigan Foreign Policy Council

Research guide to help MFPC members with literature reviews

Can't find a book in Mirlyn? Get it from another Library

Can't find a book you need in the Mirlyn catalog? You can request a book from UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan. Both services allow you to borrow materials from other libraries. 

UBorrow is an agreement between the libraries in the Big 10 to share books. The reasons to use UBorrow include quicker average delivery times and a longer loan period than traditional ILL.

The benefit of using WorldCat is that it provides you with access to even more materials held at thousands of libraries.

Uborrow: Faster service, Longer checkout period

Search the UBorrow catalog and click on the desired title. If it's eligible for UBorrow you'll see a Uborrow link in the middle of the page




InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If a book is not available through UBorrow your next step is to request it through Interlibrary Loan. Follow the Interlibrary Loan link available here and log in when prompted.



Image of Interlibrary Loan web page

WorldCat, the Largest Catalog

Another way to place an ILL request is through WorldCat, a tool that searches thousands of library catalogs at once. When you find the book you need, click on the "Request via ILL" link for an easy way to place an interlibrary loan request. 

ILL link in WorldCat