Our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Office extends Library service beyond local boundaries by borrowing materials from other libraries for our cardholders. We also loan materials from our own collection to other libraries across the state and the country.
Library cardholders in good standing may use ILL services. Public Library Access Card (PLAC) cardholders are referred to their home library to place their requests. 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.
Borrowers may pick up Interlibrary Loan materials at any of our Library locations. We are unable to deliver ILL material through our bookmobile or Outreach locations, including schools.
Typically it takes 10 days to 2 weeks to receive materials from other libraries.
The length of the loan is set by the lending library and will vary accordingly. The due date is noted on each item. Interlibrary Loan items generally cannot be renewed.
Some types of materials are not generally loaned between libraries. Examples include: AV materials (CDs or DVDs); books classified as reference use only; issues of magazines or newspapers. Loans may be restricted on rare books based on local demand, value, or irreplaceability.
We obtain materials at no cost if possible, but some are unavailable without a fee. When libraries charge fees to lend to patrons of others libraries, we pass the fees to our users. We are unable to say what the fee may be when we take a request, so we ask for a maximum cost the requestor is willing to pay.
Interlibrary Loan books that are returned late may accrue fines at a rate determined by the loaning library. We are responsible for the safety of materials borrowed from other libraries and our privilege of borrowing from them is jeopardized if anything is lost. We may suspend Interlibrary Loan borrowing privileges of any patron who does not return the ILL materials we have obtained for them.