Sometimes you might need a book that this library doesn’t own. If we can’t purchase it for this library, we can request to borrow it from another. Interlibrary Loan is available to all patrons with a current library card in good standing.
Books are the most commonly requested Interlibrary Loan items, and we usually have no problem getting you what you need. Other items you can request from Interlibrary Loan are :
- Magazine or newspaper articles – these can arrive as photocopies or digital copies – some libraries charge for photocopies.
- Microfilm – to request microfilm you need to be very specific and provide all of the information required on the request form.
- Special requests can be made for audio and video materials, but many libraries choose not to lend those items through Interlibrary Loan.
It usually takes about two weeks to receive an Interlibrary Loan request. The due dates are set by the lending library and therefore vary. Interlibrary Loan is usually free, when a library does charge for an item it is usually no more than postage (at least $3.00). You can request up to three items at a time, one item per request form. If an item is newer than 6 months old, we won’t be able to request it through Interlibrary Loan, but may try to purchase it for this library. Ask at the desk for the forms.