Interlibrary Loan is a service of the State Library which gives local patrons access to collections outside the SEO Consortium. Interlibrary loans may be obtained from public and academic libraries across the country, and can include standard collections materials (books, CD/DVD, audio books) as well as articles from scholarly and professional journals. In some cases, photocopied excerpts may be sent if the requested item does not circulate.
When a patron ILL request is made, staff double-checks to make sure the requested material is not available in a member library, then verifies to make sure it’s been published (rather than ‘pending’, ‘on-demand print only’ or ‘ebook only’). A request is sent and, if a library can be located that is willing to loan, the requested item is sent via standard library courier (you may have heard us refer to them as “The Pony”) or by common carrier (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc).
How long you may keep an ILL item is determined by the library that owns it. Make sure to retain the catalog card enclosed which includes your due date along with special cataloging information to help staff track the item. If possible please return the item to the branch where you checked it out so we can promptly send it home to the owning library.