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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 3 - 6 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.


ILL is typically a free service. However, sometimes:
- there is a fee for a copy of an article
- libraries charge a small postage fee usually not amounting over $4.00

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.
  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. Patrons must leave the orange ILL cover slip intact. 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 3 DAYS in advance of the due date. Otherwise renewal requests will not be accepted. Material can be renewed only once.
  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 will result in loss of ILL privileges.
  10. Returning ILL materials late will result in loss of ILL privileges.

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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