Get answers to your questions about our borrowing books through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
What type of materials can I obtain through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Older books which PCLS does not currently own, copies of articles, or microform can usually be obtained via ILL if we are able to find an owning US library willing to lend.
Can I request a movie or CD through Interlibrary Loan?
Yes, the Library borrows movies, CDs and audio books. Requests for electronic books can be made through Overdrive.
Can I request a newly published title?
All requests for recently published books will be considered for purchase only. If the book has been published in the last year or two, we are unable to borrow it. We have found that we are unable to find libraries that will loan their newest books to us. Most Libraries reserve newest titles for use by their own customers.
If Pierce County Library already owns a copy of the title I want, will you ILL a copy for me, if I ask for it that way?
No. The library uses Interlibrary Loan exclusively for titles we do not own. Please place a regular hold in our catalog for any titles that PCLS currently owns.
How long does it take to get a book?
Generally we are able to obtain a book via ILL within 2 – 4 weeks. In a few cases, it may take longer. It depends if there are copies readily available from other library systems.
Can I renew my ILL items?
It depends. The decision to renew items is made by the lending library. Please, contact your local library and we will work with you to renew or request the item again.
When will I know if the library is unable to get the book I requested?
How many Interlibrary loan (ILL) requests can I have?
You may have two purchase/ILL requests a week which totals 8-10 requests per month.
How will I know if an ILL item will have a charge attached?
If the lending library charges us for an item, we will pass those charges onto you. We will ask for your approval and acceptance of these borrowing charges before we borrow that item. Shipping costs, however, are paid for by the Library.
If a book that I obtained via ILL becomes lost or damaged, what will I have to pay?
If an ILL book becomes damaged or lost while in your possession, we will assess your account whatever the owning library charges us for damage/lost. This can vary widely, depending on the book and the owning library involved. Please take extra care with ILL books.
What are reasons I might not be able to obtain a requested title via ILL request?
There may be one of several reasons why your request cannot be filled:
Please contact library staff if you have any difficulties with your account.
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