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Interlibrary Loan: Making and Managing Requests

A guide to resource sharing activities and services at MLS and beyond.

Resource Sharing at MLS

State-wide Delivery via the MLS 

Document Delivery via the BPL

State-wide eContent
Online resources made available through MLS and the MBLC

Interlibrary Loan

Interstate Delivery
Resource Sharing with Rhode Island

MassCat is a resource sharing network for school, special and small public libraries.

Related Services and Partners

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The Massachusetts Library System currently provides ILL borrowing for member libraries formerly performed by Wellesley and Quincy service centers. The MLS requests returnable items while the Boston Public Library handles requests for Document Delivery or non-returnable copy requests.


Rule #1

Use complete and correct citations to ensure timely processing of your request.

Where do I get my library's ILLiad account number?

In order to use these services, you will need your library's ILLiad account number.  Contact the Resource Sharing Team ( at the Massachusetts Library System if you need your ILLiad account number.

Is there a charge?

The ILL Centers make their best effort to fulfill requests from free lenders.  If there are charges, those charges will be passed on to the requesting library. When an ILL Center obtains material on your behalf, they will have that material shipped directly to your library.  Your library assumes the cost to return the material if it comes from a library out-of-state.

Contact us!

Resource Sharing Team
866-627-7228 select option #4

Laura Bogart, Resource Sharing Assistant x318

Kathryn Bowen, Resource Sharing Assistant x321

Vincent Nguyen, Resource Sharing Assistant x316

Alison DeMers, Resource Sharing Librarian x317

Scott Kehoe, Library Resources Director x308

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