McAfee Memorial Library

Interlibrary Loan and Renewal Policies

The Park University library has more than 150,000 books and journals and access to the holdings of other libraries through interlibrary loan. Check the Park University Library Online Catalog to see if the library owns the book or journal. If not, you can complete an interlibrary loan request online.

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements with Local Libraries (.pdf)

For questions regarding interlibrary loan at Park University, please email

Park students, faculty or staff members: choose the correct link below:

I'm on campus or I'm an online student or faculty member and will pick up my item at the McAfee Memorial Library Desk in Norrington.

Note: For most article requests, users will not need to come into Norrington to pick up their article, as it will be emailed to the user.

I'm a distance education student or faculty and will want my item sent to the indicated mailing address.

Note: For most article requests, users will receive their article via email; only physical items such as print books will be mailed to users at a distance.

About Interlibrary Loan

Materials typically arrive in 5-7 business days. Usually there is no charge (you will be contacted if there is). You will be notified by an interlibrary loan staff member when the item arrives.

Books and articles are checked out to your library account and left at the circulation desk for pick up. Distance-education students will receive materials at their indicated mailing address.

Loan time is usually 4 weeks although this varies from library to library. Some libraries allow renewal but not all. Contact a Park interlibrary loan staff member at (816) 584-6283 if you wish to renew.

Borrowers are responsible for all loaned materials. Fees will be assessed for overdue, lost or damaged items. Unreturned items and unpaid fees will result in holds on University transcripts.

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research."

If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Call (816) 584-6285 or send an email to to renew books or articles. Materials may be renewed twice unless another user has requested them. The renewal period will be the same as the original loan period except for undergraduates whose extension is 3 weeks.


Materials are loaned for 2 weeks and then can be recalled by another user. If recalled by another user, the materials must be returned within one week of notification. Please contact our service if you want to be placed on a waiting list for a book on loan to another user.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I need a book or journal article not in the library?
Fill out an interlibrary loan form either in person at the library's circulation desk or online at the library's website.

How long will it take to get my item(s)?
The items on interlibrary loan may come from various sources, so it might take from 5 to 7 working days to get the information.

Will there be a charge involved?
The interlibrary loan staff member will call you or e-mail you if there is a charge involved. Usually, there is no charge.

How will I know when my item(s) has arrived?
When the item arrives, the interlibrary loan staff member will call you, e-mail you, or leave a note in your box.


How long will I be able to keep the item(s)?
Loan time is usually four weeks, but it varies from library to library.

Will I be able to renew the requested item(s)?
Some libraries will let you renew the book, but other libraries will not. Contact the interlibrary loan staff member at (816) 584-6283 to check whether you can renew your requested material

Where do I pick up my requested item(s)?
The book will be checked out to your library account and left at the circulation desk for you to pick up. Requested articles will also be left at the circulation desk. If you are a distance education student, the item/s will be sent to the indicated mailing address.

How many books and bound periodicals does Park University Library have in its collection?
Park University Library has more than 150,000 volumes.