What You Need to Know

Through the Library's interlibrary loan service, books and other materials may be borrowed from other libraries. You may also request photocopies of materials such as magazines and some materials reproduced in microform such as newspapers. Photocopy requests are filled in accordance with copyright law.

Who may use Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan services are available to anyone who has a current Library card in good standing. Interlibrary Loan services are not available to temporary or limited address cardholders.

How do I place an Interlibrary Loan request?

Accurate and complete bibliographic information is essential.

How will I know when my Interlibrary Loan has arrived?

When the book or other materials arrive, usually within seven to ten days, you will be notified by mail (e-mail is not available); it is helpful to bring notification with you when picking up materials. If you do not pick up the materials within ten days, the books will be returned to lender, the photcopies will be discarded and any charges will be added to your patron record. Repeated failure to pick up materials can result in termination of interlibrary loan privileges.

If a request cannot be filled you will receive an interlibrary loan status report indicating why the request was canceled.

What materials are not available through Interlibrary Loan?

Best sellers, recent publication, textbooks, pamphlets, audio- and videocassettes, rare or valuable materials are not available through interlibrary loan.

Library Fees--Books

The Library does not charge a fee for books requested through interlibrary loan. However, in some cases the only available lender charges a fee. In these cases, you will be notified in advance, and a request will not be initiated unless you accept charges. Fees, due only if materials are obtained, are payable upon receipt.

Library Fees--Photocopies

$2 will be charged for each photocopy request. Fees are payable upon receipt. Photocopy transactions already in process cannot be canceled.

How many requests can I make at one time?

Ten active interlibrary loan requests for books and/or 20 requests for photocopies at one time.

How long can I keep Interlibrary Loan books?

The lending library determines the loan period and any restrictions concerning use of the materials. Normally, materials are available for three weeks.

Lender loan restrictions may include "No Renewal", "In-Library Use Only", or "No Photocopying".

Can I renew my Interlibrary Loan?

If a book is renewable (indicated on the book band), a request for renewal may be made when there is a special need. Ask for this privilege at least four business days before the due date indicated. If a book is not renewable, the title can be requested again from another lender upon return of materials.

What is the overdue fine on an Interlibrary Loan book?

  • 25¢ per day with a maximum of $5.
  • Books may be returned at any Library branch. Do not return items to book drops.
  • The book band attached to the book should not be removed, as it contains essential information concerning your loan.
  • Overdue, lost or damaged interlibrary loan books can be subject to additional fees that are set by the lending library. These fees will be passed on to you.
  • Repeated overdues or loss or damage of interlibrary loan materials can result in loss of interlibrary loan privileges.

Interlibrary Loan Phone: (417) 883-5310

Interlibrary loan FAX: (417) 877-9319

For information on interlibrary loan services for local history and genealogy, call (417) 883-5310 or visit the Local History department at the Library Center.

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