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This is the place where you can dig in and get your hands dirty.  Use the forms below to access interlibrary loan, library instruction, course reserves, research consultations, room reservations, and faculty material requests.

Borrow Items via Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If you can’t find what you are looking for through Dexter Library’s resources, we may be able to borrow an item from another library. Interlibrary loan services are available at no charge to Northland College students, faculty, and staff. We cannot do an interlibrary loan for textbooks that are required for a class, or for items that are not related to coursework or research.

Before you submit an interlibrary loan request, it is important to check to see if it is owned by Dexter Library. For books and DVDs please check our online catalog and for journal articles, check our access through Full Text Finder. Find answers to commonly asked questions below the form.


How long does it take to receive an interlibrary loan?

Response time can vary, so give yourself enough time. Sometimes we receive an article in less than a day but it may take up to two weeks to have a book mailed to us. Usually, the response is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, there are a few times that we will be unable to acquire materials for you and we will let you know when this happens.

How will I know when my loan arrives?

When your material arrives, we will contact you at your Northland email address. If the item is an article, you’ll receive a link or attachment with the article. For books or DVDs, we’ll ask you to pick materials up at the circulation desk.

How long may I keep interlibrary loan materials?

Loan periods for ILL items are determined by the lending library and they vary, but are generally around four weeks.

May I renew my interlibrary loan?

Often the lending library will grant one renewal. To request a renewal, please fill out the online form. We will contact you though your Northland email to let you know if a renewal has been granted. Due dates are set by the lending library and it is important that we comply with these deadlines. Late returns jeopardize our ability to get loans for other patrons. Please request a renewal at least two day prior to the due date.

More questions about ILL?

Please email us.

Get Personalized Library Instruction

The Dexter Library instruction program responds to the diverse learning styles of our users by offering the following range of instructional activities. In addition to Faculty, student organizations and interest groups may also request an instruction session. Fill out the form below to request an instruction session.

  1. Course-related instruction on sources, research strategies, and skills related to a particular discipline and/or class project or assignment. This instruction is intended to supplement the content of a course with instruction in the use of information resources and search techniques related to that content.
  2. Orientation tours of the Dexter Library and its collections can be arranged.
  3. Drop-in workshops on computerized information sources such as the journal databases, the online catalog, and the Internet.
  4. Individual instructional consultations for in-depth help in using specific library resources.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
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Submit a Course Reserve

Reserves are materials (such as books, AV materials, journal articles and/or photocopies, recordings, tests, non-book items) generally set aside temporarily for the educational and non-commercial use of students. Reserves are housed in a separate collection to which access is more restricted than is access to materials in the general collection.

To submit a reserve request, please fill out the form below and bring any personal materials you want to put on reserve to the library’s circulation desk.


Schedule a Research Consultation

Need to talk to someone about how to research your paper or capstone project? Fill out the form below and we’ll be ready to help.

  • What databases have you consulted, what search terms did you use?
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Reserve a Library Room

To reserve the library rooms 001, 003, and 013, please schedule these through your Outlook calendar while scheduling your meeting. The room options are found through either “rooms”, “location”, or “resources” depending on the email program. If you’re using a Mac and having trouble, enter “Dexter” in the “To:” field along with your attendees, choose the room you want, then click into the “Scheduling” tool and room availability will appear alongside your attendee’s schedules.

All rooms are equipped with a DVD/VCR player, projector, and whiteboard; Room 013 is equipped with a Smart Board.

Submit a Faculty Materials Request