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Interlibrary Loan & Borrowing from Other Libraries: Home


The following services are limited to current AMBS students and faculty:

  • Interlibrary loan service
  • PALShare
  • Direct borrowing from other Indiana academic libraries

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a book?

Most interlibrary loan materials take 1-2 weeks to arrive.

How long does it take to get an article or chapter?

Copies may arrive within 1-2 days if they can be delivered electronically.

Can I request audiovisual materials through interlibrary loan?

Many libraries will not send out DVDs, videos and CDs on interlibrary loan. You are welcome to place a requests for media items you find in AMBS WorldCat, but please be advised that these requests are frequently denied.

If you have a course or research-related need for media items, please consult with Karl Stutzman when submitting your request.

Can I get my textbooks through interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan service is not designed to meet students' textbook needs. Please do not submit interlibrary loan requests for course textbooks.

Borrow Directly from Other Libraries

AMBS students and faculty may borrow books at any college, university, or seminary library in the state of Indiana.

Students living in the city of Elkhart may get a borrower's card at the Elkhart Public Library with proof of residence. Elkhart Public Library also offers reciprocal borrowing privileges to cardholders from other local public libraries.

Request Books

  • Seach AMBS WorldCat for the desired book or media item. You can use the search box in the Books & Media tab on the library home page.
    • By default, AMBS WorldCat shows you materials in the AMBS Library first.
    • Change the sorting routine from "Library and Relevance" to "Relevance Only" if you are not seeing the item you want.
  • Click on the title.
  • Click on the "PALShare" or "Interlibrary Loan" button.
  • Follow the prompts to enter the requested information.
  • Click Submit.
  • Unless you get an error message, your request will be sent automatically to other libraries for their consideration. The AMBS library will contact you when the book has arrived.
  • Expect PALshare items to arrive within a week and other interlibrary loan items to arrive in 1-2 weeks.

Request Copies of Articles or Book Chapters

  • Search for articles on the library website or in EBSCO databases.
  • If you don't see a link to the article, use the  link. If it is not in the AMBS Library, you will see an interlibrary loan form with the citation entered already.
  • Add your name and e-mail address, then send the interlibrary loan request.
  • When the article or chapter arrives, it will usually be delivered to you via e-mail. Articles or chapters often arrive in 1-2 days.

If you want to request a citation that you found in a printed book or journal article, send the citations to Karl Stutzman or complete this form.

Subject Guide

Karl Stutzman