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Interlibrary Loan Information

TCPL patrons may request materials (books, audio-visual materials, copies of articles) from other libraries. Usually it takes about 2 - 4 weeks to receive ILL materials. Once an ILL arrives, patrons will be notified by TCPL via phone or email. All available ILL materials are held for 5 days at the Circulation Desk. Materials not checked out within that time are returned to the lending library.
If ILL material is not available, patrons will receive a Cancellation Notice via email or mail.


Typically ILLs are available with no charge. If there is no free lender, the ILL librarian will contact you regarding whether you are willing to pay a fee. Typically lending charges at $5-10, usually for rare materials or a large number of scans. If this is okay to automatically approve a fee, please say so in the notes field.

Interlibrary Loan Rules

  1. ILL is available only to TCPL cardholders.
  2. Requests are accepted only for titles not held by TCPL. We cannot accept ILL requests for books and other materials published within the last 9 months.
  3. The same materials cannot be requested more than 2 times during a 6-month period. Only one season of a TV series may be requested at a time, and a particular season may only be requested once in a 6-month period.
  4. Customers may place up to 3 ILL requests per day.
  5. Materials must be picked up and returned in person to the TCPL Circulation desk at any branch. Patrons must leave the orange ILL cover slip intact. Please return the item to the same TCPL location where you picked it up. Please return the item to the same TCPL location where you picked it up. Do not return ILL materials in any book drop.
  6. Renewals are not always available. The lending library, not TCPL determines for how long the material can be checked out and whether the material may be renewed. If you need more time, please contact the TCPL Reference Desk at least three days in advance of the due date. Otherwise renewal requests will not be accepted.
  7. If the requested material is no longer needed, please contact the TCPL Reference Department and cancel your request.
  8. Any charges incurred from an ILL request will be charged to your library card. You will be charged even if you don't pick up the material(s).
  9. Failure to pick up ILL materials may result in loss of ILL privileges.
  10. Returning ILL materials may will result in loss of ILL privileges. You are responsible for any replacement costs or late fees charged by the lending library if materials are returned late or damaged to TCPL.

To request an ILL material

  • a) in person: come to the library and fill out an electronic ILL form at the reference desk
  • b) by phone: call the reference desk at 429-0113
  • c) electronically: fill out the form below by clicking on Next Page.

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