InterLibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan service allows Monroe County Library System card holders to borrow library materials not owned by the system.

What type of materials can be requested?

Eligible items are: books, microfilm and articles from periodicals.  Audio-visual materials, including ebooks are not eligible.  If a book is listed as LOST in the MCLS catalog it can be requested.  Photocopy requests must comply with copyright law.

How do I place an Interlibrary Loan request?

  • Requests can be placed at any MCLS library.
  • Ask at any Reference Desk to obtain Interlibrary Loan request forms.
  • First check the MCLS catalog to verify that the item is not owned by the system.
  • Check WorldCat to verify bibliographic information, and include a printout of the WorldCat entry if possible.
  • Fill out the pink Interlibrary Loan request form. Be sure to include your contact information.

There is no limit to the number of requests you can submit at one time.

Is there a fee?

There is a $5 fee for each request, with one item per request.  Multi-volume books/microfilm can be considered one item.  The fee should be paid when the request is submitted. If not, then the fee can also be paid when materials are picked up.

How long does it take to get materials?

Most materials arrive within two weeks.  You will be notified via phone or email when materials arrive, or if the Interlibrary Loan Department is unable to borrow the requested material.

What are the conditions of use?

You must have a valid MCLS library card to request materials via Interlibrary Loan.  A three week loan period is given for most items. Overdue fines are the same as for regular library materials.  Renewals can be requested, the owning library will decide. There is no guarantee a renewal will be given, but most requests are granted if placed before the material is overdue.  Some materials may be restricted to In-Library use only.  You are responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged items.