Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery

For Mines students, faculty, staff, qualified alumni, or members:

Getting Materials from Other Libraries

Need to get a book? A journal article? A document or a map?

But the Mines Library does not have it?

Request Form


Who is Qualified to Request Materials
  • Who is qualified to request materials?
    • Current Mines students, faculty, and staff,
    • Current  Library members, and
    • Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association members who are residents of Colorado and holders of a Mines Library Card.
How do I place requests to borrow materials?

Check the Library catalog first, then make a request via:

  • Request form
  • E-Mail, phone or fax –  Include the complete citation and your personal information (name, contact phone number, CWID, etc.).
  • Database-specific forms – Materials may be ordered through numerous electronic journal databases (such as WorldCat). Once in a database, please follow on-screen instructions. Further assistance is available at Library Reference.
What will it cost?

Cost will include Sales Tax where applicable.

  • We try to get the material at no charge. If that’s not possible, you will be notified of the cost.
  • Materials obtained out-of-state often have a fee.
  • Alumni  and Members are charged $10.00 per item in addition to any fees charged to us by other libraries.
Paying for Interlibrary Loan
  • Materials must be paid for before they can be picked up.
  • Cash, checks and major credit cards accepted.
  • Interlibrary loans may be charged to departments; with a designated fund manager’s signature
Other Questions on Interlibrary Loans

How do I know if my request is still on order?

Will I be contacted if my request isn’t filled?

  • Yes. You will be contacted by email with an explanation of why it wasn’t filled.

How long can I keep items from another library?

  • Loan period may vary depending on loaning library policies.

Can my items be renewed?


Additional Information for non-Mines Users

We lend articles, books, dissertations, etc., from the Arthur Lakes Library collection to individuals and other libraries around the state, country, and world.

Payment Methods

  • Check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express).
  • We do not accept wire transfers.
  • All international orders must be prepaid.


  • U.S. Postal Service (standard).
  • Federal Express (additional shipping charge).
  • Digital files on a CD/DVD mailed to you — Contact For-Fee Digitization.

Basic Fees — Includes shipping, handling and sales tax where applicable

  • Book loans, photocopies (U.S.) — $15.00/item
  • Book loans, photocopies (international) — $25.00/item
  • Rush orders (24 hours) — $10.00/request
  • Fax charges — $1.00/page

Mines Theses & Dissertations

Find a Thesis


  • Within Colorado — Print version via interlibrary loan.
  • Outside of Colorado — Microfiche version via interlibrary loan.
  • Order a copy of a thesis or dissertation for a fee — See For-Fee Digitization.