Interlibrary Loan - FAQs

  • What is interlibrary loan?
    No library can have all the materials to meet all its patrons’ needs. Through the interlibrary loan program (ILL) the library is able to ask another library to lend us materials for our patrons to checkout. Likewise, the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System lends its materials to other libraries for their patrons.

  • Is there a charge for this service?
    Only if the lending library charges us. We always try to request materials from libraries that don't charge fees. We borrow from a library that charges only if you authorize us to do so. Fees are due and payable when you pick up the materials.

  • What materials can be requested through interlibrary loan?
    We attempt to borrow all materials with the exception of ebooks, downloadable audio files, reference materials and text books. Many participating libraries will not lend their non-print items (DVDs and CDs) or genealogical materials. We will not request items that the library owns or that have been published less than 1 year.

  • How long does it take to get an item through interlibrary loan?
    The time varies, but most requests can be filled in 4-6 weeks.

  • Who can request an interlibrary loan?
    Most Leon County Library cardholders are eligible for interlibrary loans. Click here for information on how to get a library card. We cannot process school-related items for current FSU, FAMU or TCC students. These patrons should go to their school libraries.

  • How many items can I request at a time?
    Each patron may have 5 active requests. Requests are active until completed and updated as closed by interlibrary loan staff.

  • Can interlibrary loan items be renewed?
    No, interlibrary loans cannot be renewed. To have the most time with your request, please pick up your interlibrary loan requests as soon as possible after notification.

  • Who can I talk to for more information?
    Call the Leon County Main library at (850) 606-2665 and ask for interlibrary loans.

  • I lost an interlibrary loan item or it got damaged.
    Patrons will be expected to pay the replacement cost of damaged or unreturned items as determined by the lending library’s policies.