Delivery Service

The BSU Library will deliver materials to distance learners (students who are currently registered for BSU courses and current BSU faculty) who reside 30 or more miles from campus or who need delivery because of permanent or temporary disability.

Non-returnable items (journal articles, book chapters, etc.) are delivered electronically to distance learners. Returnable items (books, videos, DVDs, etc.) are delivered via tracked mail (with delivery confirmation) at the BSU Library’s expense and returned to the BSU Library at the expense of the distance learner. All interlibrary loan overdue policies apply for returnable items.


To apply for this service, please send a completed application form to the BSU Interlibrary Loan Office. Interlibrary Loan staff will review your application and contact you when your application has been approved.

Requesting Materials

Request forms for books (videos, DVDs and CDs, etc.) and journal articles are linked below. Before requesting a journal article, please check the list of Electronic Periodicals Available via BSU (to determine if you can access the full text of an article online.) If the item is not found, then you may request it. You will be required to log in with your User ID/Barcode (the number on your BSU identification card which begins with 20105), your password (your last name). Once logged in, complete the blank interlibrary loan forms, providing full and accurate citations, noting especially the required fields marked by asterisks; if we are unable to identify the item you need, there will be a delay in receiving your item until we obtain additional information or clarification from you. When ordering items OWNED BY Bemidji State University, do not enter the ISBN or ISSN number identifying the item, as this will interfere with your placing the request. 

Return Mailing

Please return your material in its original packing, according to the return directions enclosed with your item. Insurance and delivery confirmation, or a tracked delivery system, are recommended for all returns, as the distance learner is responsible for the return of the item to the BSU Library. (Mailing label, if needed.)

Contact Interlibrary Loan

Telephone: (218) 755-2968
Fax: (218) 755-3939


When classes are in session during the academic year, the Interlibrary Loan Office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During summer sessions, the Interlibrary Loan Office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Exceptions to these times are noted in the Library’s hours.