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Interlibrary Loan & Borrowing from Other Libraries

Request books

Please have your AMBS library card number (14 digits beginning with 29304) handy for this process. If you do not remember your library number, please contact the library at 574-296-6253 or

  • Seach AMBS WorldCat for the desired book or media item. You can use the search box in the "Books" 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 "Place hold" or "Request Item" buttons.
  • 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.

You should expect to receive your materials in a week or two. Please contact the AMBS library if you have any questions about the arrival of your books.

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 book or journal article, send the citations to or complete this form.

Borrow with a special card at these Indiana libraries

The AMBS Library can issue a special reciprocal card for you to borrow materials directly from these libraries. Please see Karl or Brandon in the AMBS Library to get your reciprocal card.

Anderson University, Anderson

Ball State University, Muncie

Bethel College, Mishawaka

Calumet College of Saint Joseph, Whiting

Indiana State University, Terre Haute

Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne

Indiana University, Bloomington

Indiana University East, Richmond

Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo

Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis

Indiana University Northwest, Gary

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Columbus

Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis

Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington

Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis

Indiana University South Bend, South Bend

Indiana University Southeast, New Albany

Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indianapolis

Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion

Ivy Tech Community Colleges

Purdue University, West Lafayette

Purdue University Calumet, Hammond

Purdue University North Central, Westville

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, St. Mary-of-the-Woods

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame

University of Evansville, Evansville

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso

Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso

Vincennes University, Vincennes

Free borrowing privileges at participating seminaries, USA and Canada

These libraries have agreed to participate in the American Theological Library Association reciprocal borrowing program.

As of 2018, over 110 libraries participate.

You may go to the participating library, show proof of current enrollment at AMBS, and check out materials based on the library’s local lending policies. You are responsible for adhering to the library's policy and returning the materials in a timely fashion.