Checkout period 3 weeks
Renewal period None
Daily overdue fines .25
Pick-up location As specified via the online catalog

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Interlibrary Loan is a network that allows libraries to share their circulating collections. BCLS belongs to this network of participating libraries in the state and across the country. This allows us to obtain materials from any library willing to lend them.

What items can I ask for?

Any book or magazine article that BCLS does not already own. Please request no more than 10 items at a time. We can not take requests for items that BCLS owns and are in our reference and circulating collections. The same item for the same customer will not be borrowed more than once in a six-month period.

How much does it cost?

There is a nominal $1.00 charge for all ILL transactions, to offset searching fees and postage costs, payable when the item is picked up. There may be additional charges levied by the lending library.

Charges for damaged material are the customer's responsibility.

How long does it take?

Please remember that ILL requests take a minimum of 15 business days to be filled. We are dependent on the cooperation of lending libraries, their resources, staffing and time constraints. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

How can I check the status of a pending request?

To check the status of your request, you may log into your online account and choose the Requests option. Interlibrary loans will be displayed alongside all other requests. You may also call the Inter-library Loan office Monday through Friday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, 609-267-9660, ext. 3067

How can I request an interlibrary loan?

Cardholders can place requests for items outside of our system via our online catalog. For assistance, visit our guide to placing interlibrary loan requests.