Interlibrary Loans

WHAT IS AN INTERLIBRARY LOAN OR ILL?

The Interlibrary Loan Service (also known as “ILLs”) is a service that your library offers you when a book or material you are in need of is not available at your local library but may be obtainable at another library.
Most materials are available for lending through other libraries, but there are restrictions sometimes concerning the materials.  The majority of most libraries will not loan:

  • newly published books
  • video cassettes
  • genealogical materials
  • audio cassettes

WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO REQUEST AN INTERLIBRARY LOAN?

You may request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) by coming to Long Beach Library and filling out a request slip.  Most of the time, an ILL can be found with just the following information:

  • TITLE
  • AUTHOR
  • YEAR PUBLISHED

However, the more information you give us, the easier it is for us to locate your request.

MAY I EMAIL AN INTERLIBRARY LOAN REQUEST TO YOUR LIBRARY?

Yes, you can.  However, unless you are another library, all requests will have to be picked up here at Long Beach Public Library.  Here are the instructions:
1.  Click on “REQUEST ILL” at the end of these directions.
2.  Follow the instructions on the next screen for submitting a request by email.

REQUEST ILL

WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR REQUESTING AN INTERLIBRARY LOAN?

There is a charge of $1.00 to our patrons for requesting a book through interlibrary loan only when the item is not picked up by the patron after he or she has been called.

HOW LONG WILL I BE ABLE TO KEEP THE BOOK OR MATERIAL?

Lending periods vary from library to library; most allow at least two weeks.  It is best to pick up your ILL request as soon as you are called and told that it’s in.