Interlibrary Loan is for:

  • Books, dissertations, and microforms not available in Flint or Ann Arbor
  • Copies of periodical articles or short sections of books not available in Flint

Check Mirlyn (for books) or Summon (for journal and magazine articles) to make sure UM-Flint does not own the material before placing your ILLiad request. If the title is availble in the UM system you should place a Get This request for the item.

Login to ILLiad


ILLiad login requires your Kerberos password. For questions about ILL please contact the ILL office in Ann Arbor at 734-764-8584 or


Articles are usually sent as links to electronic copies. You will receive an email on your UM-Flint account when it arrives, or you can login to ILLiad to check. Articles are accessible to you for 5 viewings or 14 days from the date of posting.


About three-quarters of article requests arrive within two days, and over half of book and other hardcopy requests arrive within one week. It all depends on the rarity of the item you're requesting, the speed of the lending library, and shipping time [more information]. You will receive an email on your UM-Flint account when your materials arrive. You may pick up books at the Circulation Desk office by presenting your MCard. Photocopies for faculty and staff are sent through campus mail. A valid picture ID must be shown to pick up materials. Copyright law limits the number of articles photocopied to five articles published in the same periodical during the current and the previous five years.


Place a renewal request through ILLiad by selecting "Checked Out Items" from beneath View. Click on the blue transaction number of the item you wish to renew. Click on the red "Renew Request" link at the top of the next screen. If you receive any sort of error at all, a renewal may not be possible, or this item must be renewed by phone: 734-764-8584. Renewal requests can be made only 1-5 days prior to the original due date. If you are unable to renew your item during this time, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office. Please note: Renewals are granted by the lending library, and depending on restrictions that they set for the item, may be denied.


Return materials to the Circulation Desk. It is important to return ILL books on time so as not to jeopardize our borrowing relationships with other libraries. Photocopies do not need to be returned.


ILL overdue fines are the same as other Thompson Library overdue fines. All faculty, staff, and students are responsible for any fines and/or fees incurred due to loss or damage of materials obtained through ILL. Incurring fines may curtail your interlibrary loan privileges.

The maximum amount of fines is the replacement cost of the book plus processing fee. The replacement cost and processing fee are set by the lending library, not the Thompson Library.


Materials that are difficult to obtain include:

  • Periodical volumes less than five years old (try requesting individual articles)
  • Reference books (try requesting individual entries)
  • Audio/visual materials
  • Bulky or fragile items
  • Extremely old books
  • Books on reserve, including textbooks
  • Rare or valuable material such as manuscripts