Requesting Items

Requesting Books Held in LSU Library

If you want to borrow a physical book that is held at LSU Library, request the item through your Interlibrary Loan account.

Make sure that your Interlibrary Loan account user information indicates your status as Distance Education or LSU Online. 

If the books are available, they will be retrieved and checked out to the LSU Distance Education user, and the user will be sent a notification e-mail when the books have been sent.

Books owned by LSU Libraries will be sent directly to you at our cost. A return mailing label will be enclosed for your convenience, but you will be required to pay the return postage. Books must be returned by the due date. Renew the title online if you are unsure whether the materials will reach LSU Libraries by the due date.

If the book that is needed is checked out to another patron:

  • Place a hold on the book.
  • Complete the Materials Request Form AFTER notification that the book is available.

Requesting Articles and Book Chapters

Interlibrary Loan Services will scan or borrow from another library articles and book chapters needed by LSU distance learning students and faculty. You will need to use your Interlibrary Loan account for this service. 

Requesting Books Not Owned by Middleton Library

If you need to borrow books not owned by LSU Libraries:

  • In-state distance educations students: request books through Interlibrary Loan at a LOUIS library. You will be required to show your LOUIS Reciprocal Borrowing Card ("Distance Ed" should be checked) and a picture ID.
  • Out-of-state distance education students: We recommend requesting whole books through interlibrary loan services at your nearest public library. If you are unable to arrange this, email our Interlibrary Loan Services at and we will arrange an alternative.