Collections & Research

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Charges

1 or 2 reels, two weeks use





Membership Discounts Available

Membership Level
Individual or Household $13.50 (10% discount) $22.50 (10% discount)
Contributing $13.50 (10% discount) $22.50 (10% discount)
Supporting $10.00 direct to member $20.00 direct to member
Sustaining $10.00 direct to member $20.00 direct to member
Patron Complimentary loans direct to member Complimentary loans direct to member

Charges include postage and handling

Members with annual memberships at the supporting level or higher may borrow microfilm directly and bypass the interlibrary loan procedure.

Members at the patron level receive complimentary direct loans.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The State Historical Society of Missouri's collection is non-circulating; however, an interlibrary loan (ILL) service makes microfilm available to patrons who cannot visit one of our research centers in Columbia, St. Louis, Rolla, Kansas City, Springfield, or Cape Girardeau. SHSMO's circulating microfilm collections include:


Find the resource you need using the following:

Then provide your local interlibrary loan librarian with the item citation.

For newspapers a citation includes:

  • town of publication
  • title of the newspaper
  • the date or time period needed
  • the roll number

For manuscripts a citation includes:

  • title of collection
  • collection number
  • folder, volume, and/or roll numbers

For material other than newspapers, provide:

  • title
  • author
  • publication date
  • call number (if possible)

The resources mentioned above will help you obtain this information.

Check with your local library regarding ILL policies.

To cover postage and handling costs, SHSMO charges $15.00 to $25.00 (US) per interlibrary loan transaction depending on your membership status, location and billing requirements of your local library. Some borrowing libraries pass this cost on to the patron, others do not. Payment is required in advance.

Instructions for Interlibrary Loan Librarians:

Questions concerning SHSMO's interlibrary loan service can be directed to