Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service


In response to the declaration of emergency made by the Governor of the State of Missouri and the President of the United States, and to aid in the efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the State Historical Society will temporarily close all its Research Centers.

The Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia and Research Centers in Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, Rolla, Saint Louis, and Springfield are closed from March 17 through April 24. Due to the fluid nature of this emergency, the closure may extend beyond April 24. For updates, please monitor the announcements this website.

During this time, if you have a question or a research request, please submit those using the online Research Request form. Telephones in the Research Centers will not be answered during the closure. Please be prepared that it may take significantly longer to receive a response to your inquiry.

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 SHSMO's research centers (Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, Saint Louis, or Springfield). SHSMO's circulating microfilm collections include:

  • newspapers
  • manuscripts
  • selected high-demand county history books
  • city and county directories
  • land ownership maps
  • periodicals

1-2 reels, two weeks use

  • $15 within US
  • $25 international

Fee for members
How to Join

  • $13.50 within US (10% discount)
  • $22.50 international (10% discount)
  • $10 direct to member at Supporting Level or above ($20 for international addresses)
  • Free to member at Patron Level or above

Accessing the collections

Providing Citations

To fulfill your request, the interlibrary loan librarian will need exact 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)

Submit a Research Request

Librarians can use the ALA Request Form to make an ILL request.

Note: Check with your local library regarding ILL policies before submitting your request.

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.