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Faculty Resources: InterLibrary Loan

A LibGuide to connect professors with services in Kettering University Library they might not know about.

InterLibrary Loan

Kettering Library is happy to fill InterLibrary Loan requests for professors, whether for scholarly articles or physical books. There is a limit of five requests per human per day. See our complete ILL Info Page here.


Kettering subscribes to almost 65,000 unique journal titles, but sometimes not the one that contains the scholarly article needed for your research. If you can't find the journal in our Journal List A-Z, or in GoogleScholar, feel free to submit an Article Request. Most article requests take 5-7 days.


We are part of a library consortium (called PALnet) with Baker College and Mott Community College, which means our library catalog of books is shared between the three schools. Often if Kettering does not own a book we can obtain it from Baker or Mott. 

If Baker or Mott do not have the book, we can request it through Michigan's statewide interlibrary loan system, called MeL. Search MeL here. All you need to place a hold on a MeL book is your entire 14-digit Kettering ID barcode. (No logging in necessary.)

When a book cannot be found in Baker, Mott, or MeL, we can usually obtain it for you through traditional InterLibrary Loan. Submit a Book Request here. Book requests usually take 7-14 days.


Academic Resource Sharing

We have a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the University of Michigan–Flint called Academic Resource Sharing. Although we can't get books shipped here, Kettering faculty (and students) are allowed to check out books in person from the Frances Willson Thompson Library.


In order to use Academic Resource Sharing, the Kettering librarians will provide you with a signed ARS Card. Please see a librarian during open hours and request one.


In addition to ARS, the Thompson Library has two public computer stations with access to their extensive database collection. Sometimes we recommend using these public stations for humanities research, because Kettering's subscriptions are STEM focused.

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