- What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
- Who may use this service?
- What may be available through ILL?
- What is not available through ILL?
- Are there any restrictions on photocopy requests?
- How do I make an ILL request?
- How many items may I request?
- How long does ILL take?
- How will I be notified when the item arrives?
- How long may I keep the item?
- May I renew it?
- How much does the ILL service cost?
- Are there overdue charges for ILL items?
- What happens if I lose or damage the item?
- Where do I return the item?
- How can I contact the ILL office?
An ILL is an agreement among select libraries across the U.S. to borrow and lend materials. This service provides you with access to some resources not available in the Louisville Free Public Library system or other Jefferson County libraries.
You may use this service if you have a current adult Louisville Free Public Library card with no overdue items and less than $10 in fines or fees.
- Books older than one year
- Photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles
- Some libraries may lend microfilm, reference and/or genealogical materials
- Material owned by LFPL
- Best sellers and new books released within the current or previous year
- Media (DVDs, audiobooks and CDs)
- Entire issues of magazines and newspapers
- Mass market paperbacks
- Graphic novels
- Multiple copies of a title (for example, for group use)
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Louisville Free Public Library reserves the rights to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
- Complete the request form for Books or Other Materials, entering as much information as possible. We must have at least author and title information to process your request. If you need assistance, library staff will be happy to work with you.
- Press the Submit button (please press the button only one time to prevent multiple submissions).
You may request as many as three items per calendar month.
It can take up to six weeks to receive an item, depending on where the lending library is located and the method of shipment. Most libraries use the US Postal Service. Some materials (genealogy, local history, reference, microfilm, rare items) may be difficult to obtain. Please allow extra time to receive these types of items.
When the item arrives, you will be contacted by the pick-up location that you selected. You will be notified faster if you provide an email address. Items must be picked up within seven days.
The loan period is determined by the lending library, and can range from one week to six weeks. Three weeks is most common. The loaning library may impose restrictions, such as “in library use.” In these cases, the item will be kept in the Circulation Department at Main Library where you can use it while inside the library for the full loaning period, turning it in each day before you leave the library.
Renewals are not standard procedure in Interlibrary Loans.
The Louisville Free Public Library does not charge for Interlibrary Loans. However, many lending libraries do charge for loans, photocopies or other services. Typically ILL lending charges can run $5-$20 each. Putting a dollar figure on the ILL request form greatly increases your chances of getting your request filled. Lending charges will be collected when you pick up your ILL request. The Library always tries to obtain materials at no cost.
Yes. Any overdue fines are the responsibility of the patron.
Any overdue fines or replacement costs for lost or damaged materials are the responsibility of the patron. For charges billed to us, the patron's account will be charged the exact amount that the lending library charges LFPL and is not negotiable.
You may return the item at any LFPL location. ILL materials must be returned to the library in the burgundy canvas ILL delivery bags to ensure proper routing of materials. It is also very important that you leave the green ILL band on the item itself.
You may contact the ILL office via email. Normal office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.