Borrowing Options

Interlibrary Loan

Need Something We Don't Have? We'll Help You Get It!

At Decker Library, we're committed to providing you with the resources you need. If there's something you can't find in our collection, our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is here to help. It's free and available to all current faculty, students, and staff.

What Is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Interlibrary Loan allows you to access materials that Decker Library doesn't have in its collection. Whether it's a book, film, or an article behind a paywall, we'll do everything we can to get access to it for you.

Situations in Which You Could Use ILL:

  • Looking for a book not in our library catalog?
  • Need a film or other media not in our catalog?
  • Encountered an article online that's behind a paywall and inaccessible?

Make an Interlibrary Loan Request

Turnaround/Delivery Time:

  • Articles: Typically arrive between 24-48 hours.
  • Physical Items: Shipped from the lending library, generally expected within 1-2 weeks.


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Need It Faster? Try Enoch Pratt Free Library:

We highly recommend all MICA community members take advantage of Baltimore City's public library system, Enoch Pratt Free Library. They offer many more databases, including ebooks, streaming films, audiobooks, and more. You don't need to be a Baltimore City resident to access their materials.

Learn more on their website and contact us at if you have any trouble getting an eCard.