in·ter·li·brar·y loan (noun)
Interlibrary loan (abbreviated ILL, and sometimes called interloan, interlending, document delivery, or document supply) is a service whereby a patron of one library can borrow books, DVDs, music, etc. and/or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library. The user makes a request with their home library; which, acting as an intermediary, identifies libraries with the desired item, places the request, receives the item, makes it available to the user, as well as arranges for its return. The lending library usually sets a due date and overdue fees of the material borrowed. Although, books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items, some libraries will lend audio recordings, video recordings, maps, sheet music, and microforms of all kinds. In some cases, nominal fees accompany the interlibrary loan services.
The term document delivery may also be used for a related service, namely the supply of journal articles and other copies on a personalized basis, whether these come from other libraries or direct from the publishers. The end user is usually responsible for any fees, such as costs for postage or photocopying. Commercial document delivery services will borrow on behalf of any customer willing to pay for their rates.
If we have the book you want, but it is checked out, you may place the book on hold. When the book is returned, it will be held for you for 7 days, and you will be notified by mail or email. You can put books on hold using the online catalog, by phone, or by email. If you're looking for a book or other item and we don't have it, you have a couple of options. If it's something you think your Library should own, send an email to any staff member and suggest it.
Otherwise, we can attempt to borrow it for you from another library. We call that Interlibrary Loan , and it's a wonderful service.