The Music Library doesn't have something you're looking for? Try Interlibrary Loan!

When searching for materials held by libraries outside of the University of Minnesota system, you have two choices: UBorrow and WorldCat. Start with UBorrow since you'll get materials faster and you'll be able to keep them for longer!

It's easy to search for a book, score, or recording in UBorrow! UBorrow allows you to search 15+ major research library systems, and through it, you can borrow books, scores, CDs, DVDs, and lots of other types of media. Items that you request through UBorrow usually arrive within a week and you can keep them for sixteen weeks with one four-week renewal (though media items may have different loan periods). It's also very unlikely that anything you borrow through UBorrow can be recalled from you.

You can use these same strategies to search for any type of media in this interlibrary loan system:

  • Go to the University Libraries homepage at lib.umn.edu.
  • Click on the box that says "Interlibrary Loan" and then scroll down to the link that says "UBorrow"
  • Once in the UBorrow interface, click on Advanced Search in the upper right corner; this will let you put in more info to start with so you can filter your results to what you're really looking for.
  • In the Advanced Search screen, enter the title of the item you're looking for. In this example, I was searching "Stabat Mater, P. 77, F minor" as the Title line, Pergolesi as the Author, and then Barenreiter since I only wanted the Barenreiter version. If you're searching for a specific publisher, choose "Keywords Anywhere" as an additional search term on the line where you include the publisher name.
  • Once you get a list of results, you can limit by year; I was looking for the publication from 2012.
  • Review the records to identify the exact item you're looking for; in this example, I had the option of borrowing a full score, a vocal score, or a piano reduction. I wanted the full score, so I chose the option that was available from the University of Maryland ("UMaryland" in the list).
  • Click the link that says "Request" and the ILL system will walk you through the process of placing your request for this score!

Note: If you can't find what you need in UBorrow, you may need to search in WorldCat. WorldCat is an ILL system that searches libraries all over the globe, so you'll get a greater number of results. Remember that the lending periods for items borrowed through WorldCat can be much shorter than those for materials requested through UBorrow!

To access WorldCat:

  • Go to the University Libraries homepage at lib.umn.edu.
  • Click on the box that says "Interlibrary Loan" and then scroll down to the link that says "WorldCat"
  • Once in the WorldCat interface, click on "Advanced Search"; this will let you put in more info to start with so you can filter your results to what you're really looking for.
  • In the Advanced Search screen, enter the title of the item you're looking for. In this example, I was searching "Stabat Mater, P. 77, F minor" so I entered "Pergolesi" and chose "Author" from the dropdown menu, and chose the setting for "Title" on the line where I enetered "Stabat mater". If you're searching for a specific publisher, choose "Publisher" as an additional search term on the line where you include the publisher name.
  • You can limit by year, so I entered 2012 because I only wanted to see results for that publication,
  • You can also limit by material type; in this example, I chose "Musical Scores" but you can leave this blank if you want to see everything out there related to your keywords.
  • Once you get a list of results, review the records to identify the exact item you're looking for; in this example, I had the option of borrowing a full score, a vocal score, or a piano reduction.
  • After you've found a relevant item to request, click the link that says "Request via Interlibrary Loan" and the ILL system will walk you through the process of placing your request!

 

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2020 8:57 AM