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Searching for Books and Media: Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan

How do you find books and audiovisual media in the library?

What is RaiderLoan?

Books to be mailed to your homeRaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Services provide students, faculty & staff access to:

  • Resources (books, articles and media) not owned or licensed by GRCC's Library
  • Home delivery of borrowed items
  • Electronic delivery of articles

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Campus Partial Shutdown (Updated 11/18/2020)

Due to GRCC's partial campus shutdown (also applicable to our Michigan lending partners), Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery will be returning to the lending and borrowing of online / electronic materials only. Physical materials will not be available until further notice.

RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Service

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 Who can borrow?  

  • This service is offered to Grand Rapids Community College students, faculty, emeritus faculty, and staff with a GRCC email address. Ferris State University affiliates may place requests through FSU.
How long does RaiderLoan take?
Your request will be processed from GRCC when it is received.  It depends on the type of resource you are borrowing, and how long the lending library and the delivery systems take to get it to you. 
  • Articles:
    • Your title usually arrives in 1-7 business days.
    • Articles are delivered securely online to your RaiderLoan account.  You will be notified via GRCC email as soon as the article PDF is available to download.
  • Books and Audiovisual media:
    • Pickup location - GRCC Library - 1st Floor, your title will typically arrive in 3-12 business days, and you can pick it up at the 1st Floor Circulation Desk.  It may take longer if in use at some libraries, so order right away!
    • Pickup location - My Home (Slower), the item will be mailed first-class when received by GRCC, so allow extra time for mail delivery.

What can be borrowed?  

  • Books & Audiovisual Material
  • Copies not available at GRCC

What cannot be borrowed?  

Many libraries will not lend the following types of materials:

  • Textbooks
  • Entire periodical issues 
  • Genealogical material
  • Rare, valuable, oversize, or unique materials
  • Material with local circulation restrictions

How do I return what I borrowed?  

  • Article copies are yours to keep.
  • Books and audiovisual media must be returned by the date due written on the item cover slip to GRCC's Library Circulation Desk; or home-delivery items by book-rate mail at your expense re-using your package, label and instructions found inside it. If you ask a classmate or professor to return an item for you, remember you are the one responsible for its return and any accrued fines from GRCC or replacement costs from the lending institution.

*For more information or assistance, contact RaiderLoan at 616.234.3749 or email You can also Ask-A-Librarian.

Kathy Schoen, Library Specialist - Interlibrary Loan

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Visiting Patron

RaiderCard in hand graphicVisiting Patron Program allows you to travel to Participating MeLCat Libraries,  and check out books using your RaiderCard and driver's license.

When done, return materials to that library, or to GRCC's Library.