Interlibrary Loans

Researchers can borrow reels of microfilm through public and institutional libraries and participating LDS Family History Centers.

Information for Researchers
  • All requests must be initiated by the library.
  • Fees are $4.00 per reel. All payments must be submitted by the library but may be paid by the researcher. Local and sales tax are only charged if the payment is paid by the researcher. Payments paid by the library are tax-exempt.
  • Four reels of film may be loaned to any library at a given time for a period of five weeks. Extensions must be requested by the library before the due date and may be approved for up to five weeks.
  • All reels must remain at the library at all times. No exceptions.

Microfilm available to loan:

  • Newspapers microfilmed by History Nebraska
  • Most manuscript collections, books, and academic monographs
  • Some government records and photo collections


Microfilm NOT available to loan:

  • Newspaper microfilm purchased by History Nebraska from commercial vendors, including the Nebraska State Journal, the Lincoln Journal, and the Lincoln Star
  • Frequently used public records, such as census, naturalization, and marriage records
  • Restricted manuscripts or public records

Please email the Reference Department with any questions.


Information for Borrowing Institution
  • Requests must be submitted on ALA Interlibrary Loan forms or library letterhead. Requests must be submitted by mail or email – no phone requests will be fulfilled.
  • Fees are $4.00 per reel. Payments by check must be included with the request in order to prevent delays in processing and shipping. Payments by the researcher must include local and sales tax. A pre-printed mailing label must be included.
  • Consult the inventory for newspaper requests in order to submit the correct payment.
  • Requests will be processed and shipped within ten working days of payment and request receipt.
  • Replacement cost for lost or damaged film is typically $50.00 per reel.

Interlibrary Loans
History Nebraska
1500 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Please email the Reference Department with any questions.

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