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We offer Interlibrary Loan to our Merrill library card holders. If you do not find the items you want in our shared system, V-CAT, you can ask us to get them through the statewide interlibrary loan system WISCAT, or if you are a Merrill library card holder, you may initiate your requests yourself. Go to, How to Request Interlibrary Loans on the right.>
To have the librarians request an interlibrary loan for you, come to the Adult Reference Desk on the 3rd level, or call 715-536-7191 and ask for the Adult Reference Desk.
All Interlibrary loan requests are done on an ASAP basis. ASAP means as soon as possible. This varies from about 7 days if it is checked in at the loaning library to however long the material is checked out for at the owning library. If others have asked for the material before you, you might be put on a request list, just as you would be here. ILL's usually come to us through the courier delivery system. We will notify you when your ILL arrives by phone, mail or e-mail.
If you have a deadline, a date after which you cannot use the material, please let us know. In that case the ILL system will not place the item on hold. Instead it will check with all the loaning libraries on the chance that a library can send it before your deadline date. If it cannot be supplied by your deadline, you will be notified and the request will be considered finished. It is best to have a backup plan if you have a very short deadline.
Non-Merrill Card Holders
Wherever you live, go to your local library, or if you are a student, to your college library to request library materials from outside your area. They will tell you what information they need, and following interlibrary loan procedure will request the items you want.
How to request Interlibrary Loans
Come to the 3rd floor Adult Reference Desk, or call the desk at 715-536-7191.
Search VCAT, our system catalog. Be sure to search under the "Search All Libraries" tab or you may not see the item you want.
Is the item in VCAT? YES: Will VCAT allow you to place a hold? YES: Place your hold in VCAT. You are finished!
Will VCAT allow you to place a hold? NO: Go no further. - Please contact the library at 715-536-7191; we will get your information and follow through for you.
Is the item in VCAT? NO: You have two choices- Contact the library about Interlibrary Loan at 715-536-7191. Ask for the Adult Reference Desk and place your request with the librarian.
OR Search WISCAT, the statewide catalog and follow the instructions on the screens. Please be sure to choose an item in the format you want - DVD, or VHS. Book, etc.
Using WisCat : Newly Published Items -- If an item has been published within the last year it is best to contact us to see if it will be available for Interlibrary Loan or not. Usually not. When an item is new, it is possible that you will have to wait to request it for 4-6 months after publication. OR, The library will consider purchasing the item if you let us know you are interested in it.