Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)

Through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, you may borrow certain types of materials from other libraries, such as books, magazine and newspaper articles, and microfilm. 

Who May Borrow

You may use our ILL service if you hold a valid LFPL library card with no overdue items and less than $10 in fines.  You may request ONE (1) item per calendar month.

Materials Not Available via ILL

Items not available via ILL include items owned by LFPL, items published within the current or previous year, media (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks), mass market paperbacks, graphic novels, entire issues of a magazine, and multiple copies of a single item.

In this case, you may recommend that the library purchase an item via the Suggest a Purchase form.

Process to obtain ILL Materials

The first step is to check our online catalog to see if it is available in our library system. If so, please place a hold. Items will not be obtained via ILL, if a copy exists in the library system.

  1. Fill out the online request. It is sent to our ILL department, who sources the item from a participating library.
  2. The lending library receives and fulfills your request.
  3. The item is received and processed by our ILL department.
  4. You are notified promptly when your ILL item arrives at your selected branch.
  5. Please use and return the item to any branch on or before the specified date. Please be aware that many lenders are unable to renew books per their policy.

Pick-up/Return Locations

You may pick up and return ILL materials at any of our locations. ILL items will be checked out to you in burgundy canvas ILL delivery bags.  ILL items must be returned to the library in these same delivery bags. Be sure to leave the white ILL band on the item(s) themselves.

Time Required

ILL requests typically take three to six weeks.

Loan Period

The loan period is set by the lending library and will be indicated on each item. Books must be returned on time so we may continue to borrow from the lending library

Renewals

Generally libraries do not permit renewal of ILL materials.

Costs

LFPL does not charge a fee for our ILL service, however many libraries do charge to loan to us.  We pass such charges on to you.  ILL lending charges typically run $5.00 to $20.00.  Putting a dollar figure on the ILL request form greatly increases your chance of getting the item.  Lending charges will be collected when you pick up your ILL request. We always try to obtain materials at no cost.

Photocopies

LFPL can generally obtain an electronic copy for free. However, charges associated with obtaining physical copies depend on the lending library. Requests for photocopies of articles from magazines, journals and newspapers require your approval of a maximum cost since libraries routinely charge for these.  Even putting $5.00 will greatly improve your chance of getting the item. Charges must be paid before receiving the photocopies.

Lost or Damaged Items

Any overdue fines or replacement costs for lost or damaged materials are the responsibility of the patron. For charges billed to us, the patron's account will be charged the exact amount that the lending library charges LFPL and is not negotiable.

Placing Requests

To place an ILL request, please click on one of the buttons below to complete the appropriate Interlibrary Loan Request Form:

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For more information on Interlibrary Loan, please see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Last Updated: 03/16/20