Assume that the library staff can get you what you need, and ask for it.
You can get material from other libraries in two ways: through I-Share or through Interlibrary Loan.
I-Share allows you to request books from any of the 86 participating libraries in Illinois -- nearly every 2- and 4-year college and university in the state! In order to use I-Share, you need to request a library account that's elligible for I-Share. Once you have your library account set up, you can create your I-Share account. You can request books from any library, and you can check them out or return them at any I-Share library, too. If you don't live near an I-Share library, you can still request your books through I-Share and have them delivered to MLTS. If you have more questions about I-Share, please go here.
I-Share can only be used for books or audio-visual items. If you need a journal article or a chapter from a book, contact the librarian. We are happy to get you items that don’t need to be returned to the lending library, like a copy of an article or a chapter from a book, through interlibrary loan. If you have more questions about journal articles or periodicals, please go here.
If you need a book that isn't available through I-Share, you can request it through interlibrary loan. You can request a book through ILL by emailing the librarian. ILL for books is only available to people who are able to pick up and return books in person. If you are not able to pick up and drop off books in person, we cannot request books through interlibrary loan, due to the logistics of mailing the books multiple times. We are also members of several library organizations that provide borrowing privileges at seminary libraries in the Midwest and around the country, and we can help you find the book locally.
If you’re not sure what we can get you and what we can’t, please ask!