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Interlibrary loan

Researchers can borrow KSHS microfilm collections on interlibrary loan through participating Kansas libraries. There is no fee for this service. Additional information for Borrowing libraries.

  • Please submit your request to your local library.
  • Provide the complete citation and microfilm reel numbers if possible.
  • Libraries can borrow up to two reels of film at a time per patron.
  • Film must be used on a microfilm reader/printer at the borrowing library.
  • The loan period is for four weeks (including shipping time).
  • Film is usually sent out 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, you can contact the reference staff by email, or phone, 785-272-8681, ext. 117. Please leave a message if no one answers.

Borrowing Libraries

Submit requests online via the KICNET system or by mail or fax with an ALA interlibrary loan form; the Historical Society does not accept requests via OCLC or email.:

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 will be sent to the borrowing library:
    • First notice - approximately two weeks past due date
    • Final notice - approximately two weeks after first notice
    • After two notices with no response the film will be presumed lost
  • Lost film
    • Borrowing library will be billed for the replacement cost. The replacement cost for lost or damaged film is typically $75.00, but film purchased from outside vendors may be more.
    • 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. 118
Fax: 785-272-8682 addressed to "Interlibrary Loan"

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