Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Interlibrary Loan Rules for Other Libraries

The Indianapolis Public Library observes the provisions of the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States for transactions outside the state of Indiana as well as current regional agreements and protocols within the state.

Browsing books at College Avenue Branch

Accepting Requests

Our preferred means of accepting requests from other libraries is the OCLC ILL subsystem (our symbol is IMD). We also accept requests on standard ALA ILL forms at:

Interlibrary Loan
Indianapolis Public Library
P.O. Box 211
Indianapolis, IN 46206

or by email to

We do not accept phone requests for interlibrary loans.


We charge a $10.00 fee per item loaned to out-of-state libraries. We charge no fees to Indiana libraries except photocopy costs. Charges can be invoiced with shipment, or can use OCLC IFM.

Photocopy Charges

We charge $1.00 per exposure for all photocopies done by our staff (same as our fee to our own patrons). Indiana libraries receive photocopies at no charge.

Materials Not Loaned on Interlibrary Loan

We will loan any materials not currently checked out from our circulating collection at Central Library, with these exceptions: AV materials; reference materials; microfilm; periodicals. We may restrict loans due to local demand, value or irreplaceability.

Loan Period

Our standard loan period is 9 weeks with no renewals.

Delivery Systems

We regularly deliver by U.S. Mail, by United Parcel Service, and by InfoExpress (within Indiana).

Online Catalog

Our holdings are searchable in our Online Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan Rules for Cardholders

Our Interlibrary Loan Rules for Cardholders are available on the web site.