VMI cadets, faculty, and staff may use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to borrow materials from other libraries.
Use ILL to request materials not available at Preston Library, including:
All VMI faculty (including emeritus), staff, and cadets may use our ILL service. Alumni and public users are not eligible to use VMI's ILL service and should instead refer to their home institution or public library.
Use your VMI username and password to log into your ILL account where you can submit a new request, or view outstanding requests. New to VMI? Do not worry, we have already created your account!
There is no cost for you to use our ILL service; however, costs associated with damage or replacement of the material are your responsibility.
You will be notified via email when your material(s) arrives. The table below highlights the pick-up and return policies for both electronic and physical materials.
|Electronic (e.g., articles and e-books)||Use your ILL account to access these materials.||You do not need to return these materials as they are automatically deleted from your account after 30 days.|
|Physical (e.g., print books)||Pick up your materials at the Library Service Desk.||Return your materials to the Service Desk or place it in the book drop.|
The lending library determines the loan period, which generally ranges from 4-8 weeks.
Check the green paper band wrapped around you material(s) for renewal eligibility.