Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan Policy for Redwood Library Members

The Redwood Library & Athenaeum will obtain for current members, through both in-state and out-of-state interlibrary loan requests, items which the library does not hold in its collection. These requests may be for books, audio-visual material, journal articles, and any other circulating material generally expected to be held in collections of cooperating libraries.

Who may use Interlibrary Loan?

Any current member may place an interlibrary loan request; however, there is no guarantee that requests will be filled but every reasonable effort will be made to obtain requested items on a timely and free basis. The requesting member will be informed of the status of their loans if the item is proving difficult to obtain.

How do I request an item from another library?

To make an interlibrary loan request please speak to the staff member at the circulation desk.  Please supply as much information (title, author, publisher, edition, etc.) as possible.

How much does the service cost?

Generally, these borrowed items will be sent at no charge between libraries; however, there may be instances wherein another library may charge for either the use of its materials or for reproduction of same via photocopying or other media duplication. In such cases, the Redwood will inform the requesting member of the fees to be associated with the loan, and the patron may decide if he/she is willing to pay for the requested materials. Under no circumstance will the Redwood pay for interlibrary loan charges on behalf of a member. Any charges must be paid by the member in advance of the loan or reproduction of materials and the Redwood will transfer the monies to the lending institution and provide the patron with a receipt. 

What is the request limit?

There is no limit to the number of interlibrary loan requests a member can make.

 When will I get my books?

Interlibrary loan requests will be filled as quickly as possible. Turnaround time varies depending upon the lending library and materials requested.  Patrons will be notified by telephone or email when their materials arrive at the library.

When are interlibrary loan books due?

Loan periods are set by the lending library. They generally range from 2-4 weeks. 

What is the renewal policy?

The lending library determines whether or not renewals are allowed.  Please request a renewal before the initial loan period is up. This enables time to contact the library and to receive their reply before the item must be sent back.  Members keeping an interlibrary loan request past the date due back at the Redwood will incur the same charges as for overdue Redwood materials, currently $.10 per day in addition to any charges set by the lending library.

Please note that ILL materials are subject to recall by the lending library at any time.

Where do I return materials?

Return interlibrary loan materials at the circulation desk or in the book drop if the library is closed.

Please supply as much information as possible and either a phone number or e-mail address.

Requests without contact information WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

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