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Interlibrary Loan

 

The Interlibrary Loan service [ILL] obtains materials not available within the OCPL system. Speak with a librarian to make sure that the materials in our collection cannot fulfill your request and if they cannot, ask about ILL.

 

We regret that we cannot accept ILL requests online or through email at this time.
To place a request, please call or visit your local library.

 

 

What types of materials may be requested through ILL?

How many materials may be requested / checked out at one time?

How are materials requested through ILL?

How much does it cost?

How long may ILL materials be kept?

How soon do materials arrive?

What materials will OCPL loan to other libraries?


What types of materials may be requested through Interlibrary Loan?



We do not borrow


 

How Many Items May Be Borrowed / Requested At One Time?

 

Patrons may have up to 5 active requests at one time. 
[ Active = pending, held, checked out.]

 

How are materials requested through Interlibrary Loan?

ILL request forms are available at all libraries within the system. Requests may be submitted either by phone or in person.


Patrons requesting ILL service must use their own valid OCPL cards (no fines or overdue items, must have current address and phone number).


Patrons should specify the library most convenient for pickup AND return. The material requested will be sent to that library and must be returned there.


We regret that we cannot accept ILL requests online or through email at this time.
To place a request, please call or visit your local library.

 

How much does it cost?


Onondaga County Public Library does not charge either its patrons or other libraries for this service. We make every attempt to find materials at libraries that do not charge. In some cases, however, materials are available only at libraries that charge. The patron may indicate on the ILL request form whether he or she is willing to pay any fees imposed by the lending library for the items requested and, if so, what would be the maximum dollar amount.


Responsibilities of Patrons

Patrons using the Interlibrary Loan service are responsible for the timely return of the items obtained for them as well as for any charges resulting from loss of or damage to the materials requested.

 

How long may Interlibrary Loan materials be kept?


Loan periods are determined by the lending library.

Renewals are sometimes allowed and must be requested before the due date.

 

How soon do materials arrive?


Materials usually arrive within 3-4 weeks of the date of the request. Sometimes they arrive much sooner, but some types of materials (e.g., Canadian census microfilm) typically take much longer. If material is needed by a certain date,  that date should be indicated on the request form. ILL items should be picked up promptly—loan periods start when the items are sent, not at checkout.

 

What materials will OCPL lend to other libraries?



We cannot lend



Loans are free. Copies up to 32 pages are free but cost $0.25/page after that.
The loan period is 4 weeks; renewals are usually granted,
depending on local demand of the item, and are for 4 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: August 12, 2015