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Interlibrary loan FAQs


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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows Lloydminster Public Library to borrow items from other libraries for library patrons. Usually books are borrowed but it is also possible to interlibrary loan magazine and newspaper articles and some audio-visual material.  The Interlibrary Loan service is designed to supplement the Library's collection.  Most of the items brought in on ILL are out-of-print, very expensive, and/or of limited popularity.

How long does it take?

Normally, it takes from 3 to 6 weeks to get an item on Interlibrary Loan, sometimes a bit less, sometimes a bit more. The total turnaround time for an Interlibrary Loan is roughly 8 weeks. If something doesn't arrive in that time, we can cancel the request or we may be able to re-order the item.

Does it cost anything?

Usually, there is no charge for ILL material. This is almost always true for books.  However, there may a small charge for some magazine and newspaper articles and for certain audiovisual requests.

How long can I have an Interlibrary Loan item for?

The loan period for ILL items is set by the loaning library. Most of the time, the loan period is about three weeks. Sometimes renewals are allowed, sometimes they are not. It is important that all Interlibrary Loan items are returned to Lloydminster Public Library on time (overdue fines for ILL material are 50 cents a day).

What do I need to do to get an item through Interlibrary Loan?

We need you to help fill out an Interlibrary Loan form.  On that form we record information about the item being requested and some information about you eg. your name, telephone numbers, and library card number. Please note that Interlibrary loan service is only available to those patrons who are not suspended.

Are there any restrictions?

Many different types of material can be acquired through Interlibrary Loan. However, there are occasionally some restrictions.  For instance, reference books, whole magazine and newspaper issues, and some newer titles may not be available for ILL. As well, many items originally requested on Interlibrary Loan end up being purchased by Lloydminster Public Library.

When is the Interlibrary Loan service available?

Interlibrary loans are handled through the Reference Desk during the library's regular hours of operation. Material brought in on Interlibrary Loan are picked up and returned at the Reference Desk.