Interlibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that borrows items not owned by Hekman Library from other libraries.

Before you request a book, make sure you check our Library Catalog and MeLCat (described below).

ILL Request Forms

  • Article Request Form - Use to request articles from magazines, journals, or newspapers.
  • Non-Article Request Form - Use to request books, or chapters or essays from books.  You may also use this form to request audiovisual items such as music recordings, films, or microfilm, but note that A/V items are less commonly lent out via ILL.
  • ILL Renewal Request - Use for renewing your current ILL items.
  • ILL Status Request - Use for questions regarding your ILL request.

Eligible Users

Calvin faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, emeriti, Christian Reformed pastors, and alumni (See FAQ) are eligible to use this service. All others should use their local public libraries, MeLCat, or the services offered by the educational institutions in which they are enrolled. The purchase of a Hekman Library guest user card does not include this service. See the FAQ for more information and restrictions.


All eligible users who need books not owned by Calvin’s library are encouraged to use MeLCat first. Typically, MeLCat is a day or two faster than InterLibrary Loan. MeLCat is a state-wide book lending service. More than six million books held in Michigan libraries are available for your use. Request a book from the MeLCat database, and pick it up at the 2nd floor Circulation Desk four or five days later.

Getting Help

For information or questions about Interlibrary Loan, please contact:

  • Kimberly Smalley
  • Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
  • Hekman Library, Main Circulation Area (Map)
  • (616) 526-8573
  • Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan

More About Kimberly

As part of Access Services, Kimberly supports the research of Calvin students, faculty, staff and alumni. Interlibrary Loan expands the range of resources available to the Calvin community by supplementing those owned by Hekman Library. Kimberly obtains articles, books, book chapters, DVDs, music scores and more from libraries around the world.