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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Document Delivery

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Document Delivery for Students and Faculty living at a Distance

What is document delivery?

Document Delivery is a service for students and faculty who are not regularly in Mankato. You can request that books be mailed to your home, and that journal articles be scanned and sent to you electronically. Books can be from the Minnesota State, Mankato Library circulating collections, books from other libraries (interlibrary loan). Periodicals (newspaper, magazine, or journal articles) from the Minnesota State, Mankato collection and other libraries.

Who is eligible for this service?

Any currently registered student who lives outside the greater Mankato area can use this service.

Faculty who are not currently teaching in Mankato at least once per week.

How much does this service cost?

The Library does not charge you for this service.You are responsible for any costs to return books to the Library.

How do I request items through document delivery?

First, complete the appropriate form:

Student Document Delivery registration form.

Faculty/Staff Document Delivery registration form.

We will update your patron record to Document Delivery Patron and update address if necessary. Process will take a day or two.

How do I request Document Delivery?

Use the Interlibrary Loan request form. If requesting a book or article available from Memorial Library, adding "Document Delivery Patron" to Notes field will help us process request more quickly. If you need guidance, contact the Reference Desk at 507-389-5958 or

Are there any restrictions on what I can request ?

Copyright restrictions apply, therefore articles or chapters that you request are limited to 50 pages in length.

How long do I get to keep materials?

Normal loan periods for your status (undergraduate, graduate, faculty) apply to books and other materials from MSU. Due dates for materials borrowed from other libraries are determined by the lending library, but will usually be 3-4 weeks from shipping date.

How do I return materials sent to my home address?

You are responsible for returning books to the MSU Library. If you choose to return materials by mail allow time to ensure receipt at Minnesota State, Mankato before the due date. You may wish to insure these materials.

If you live in the Twin Cities: Books can be dropped off at 7700 France Avenue, Edina (Suite D reception area) for campus delivery to Mankato. Courier pickup is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00pm. Delivery address is Memorial Library 3097.

Most Minnesota libraries will do a courtesy book return using the Minitex courier system. Ask at your nearest library.

Mailing Address:

Interlibrary Loan
Minnesota State University, Mankato
P.O. Box 8419
Mankato, MN 56002-8419

How long does it take to get books or periodical articles delivered?

Articles are usually scanned and emailed to you within 3 days. If Minnesota State, Mankato owns the book, mail service will usually take a week. Document delivery service from other libraries varies; books requested through interlibrary loan could be delivered in as little as a week, but occasionally take four weeks or more.

How do I discontinue Document Delivery Service?

Contact Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Staff at or 507-389-1473.

Instant Access

Memorial Library licenses thousands of e-books and electronic journals. Check the Journals List for periodical titles available online. In the catalog, limit search to Format: Electronic Book to see e-books.