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Interlibrary loan

Most of the microfilm in the collections is available for Kansas residents to borrow through participating Kansas public libraries. There is no fee for this service. Borrowing libraries can find further information.

  • Please submit your requests to a local library.
  • Provide libraries with the complete citation and microfilm reel numbers.
  • Libraries can borrow up to two reels of film at a time per order.
  • Film must be used on a microfilm reader/printer at the borrowing library.
  • The loan period is for three weeks (including shipping time) with no renewal.
  • Film is usually shipped within five business days after the request is received from the local library.

Find microfilm reel numbers to order through participating Kansas libraries:

For help determining which reel numbers to request, contact the research room staff by email, or phone, 785-272-8681, ext. 117. Please leave a message if no one answers.

Borrowing Libraries

Help in finding microfilm reel numbers:

Submit requests online via the KICNET system or by mail or fax with an ALA interlibrary loan form:

Borrowing libraries are responsible for the safe use and return of ILL items:

  • Microfilm is sent and should be returned by state courier whenever possible.
  • If microfilm is returned by mail, it should be packed in a shipping box in addition to the microfilm box to minimize damage. Padded envelopes do not provide adequate protection.
  • Overdue notices:
    First notice - sent approximately two weeks past due date
    Final notice - sent approximately two weeks after first notice
  • Lost film
    Borrowing library will be billed for the replacement costThe replacement cost for lost or damaged film is approximately $75.00, but film purchased from outside vendors may be higher.
    The Materials Replacement Fund reimburses libraries for lost items that have been loaned from a Kansas library to a Kansas library.

For further questions contact
Email: ill@kshs.org
Phone: 785-272-8681, ext. 323
Fax: 785-272-8682 addressed to "Interlibrary Loan"

Mailing address:
Kansas Historical Society
Interlibrary Loan
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas
66615-1099