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Interlibrary Loan Policy

  • Interlibrary loan services are available to all holders of valid library cards.
  • The library will not process interlibrary loans for students who are enrolled in local universities or colleges. These patrons will be referred back to their schools to request interlibrary loans for education-related materials.
  • Interlibrary loans are intended to supplement the library’s collection by borrowing materials that the library would not collect, materials that the library did not purchase in the past, and materials that are no longer available for purchase.
  • All formats are eligible for interlibrary loan, including books-on-tape, CDs and videocassettes.

Materials are requested in accordance with FLORIDA LIBRARY INFORMATION NETWORK policy, with the closest geographical locations being designated first.

Interlibrary loan is a courtesy provided by libraries to other libraries. It is based on protocols and good will. Every effort is made to obtain materials requested by our patrons. To maintain our borrowing privileges with other libraries, all requests for interlibrary loan and inquiries about the status of interlibrary loan requests must be made by library staff.


  1. There are no fees for these services unless the lending libraries charge. The patrons give prior authorization for any charges. All interlibrary loan charges are due when the materials are picked up. The library makes every effort to obtain materials from agencies that do not charge. 
  2. Interlibrary loan is not used for materials published in the last year that would be appropriate for our library. These materials are purchased and a hold is placed on them rather than requesting them from another library. 
  3. The library does not request through interlibrary loan: reference materials; titles in high demand; or materials that the library owns. 
  4. The library processes 10 interlibrary loan requests per patron per month. Additional materials may be requested with the understanding that these requests are processed as workload permits. Patrons are encouraged to prioritize multiple requests. 
  5. The library does not request the same title for the same patron within a six-month period.
  6. No interlibrary loan materials are checked out to patrons who have overdue materials. 
  7. For periodicals and reference works, the library handles requests for photocopies only. To request photocopies, patrons must personally sign the copyright agreements and state the amounts they are willing to pay. A zero amount may be designated with the understanding that the requests may not be filled. Due to copyright restrictions, in any one-year period, the library may only borrow five articles from the same title. Faxing of materials from other libraries may be available. Any charges from the lending libraries are passed on to the patrons. Some items are designated as room use only. These materials must be used in the library. 
  8. Patrons must pay replacement fee for unreturned items as determined by lending library. 
  9. Repeated instances of patron failure to comply with this policy will result in the loss of interlibrary loan privileges.