FLLS Out-of-System Interlibrary Loan

FLLS Out-of-System Interlibrary Loan

OUT-OF-SYSTEM Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Patron Information

If your search of the FLLS catalog yields no results, you can search the WorldCat database through the PAC to access the resources of other public, school, academic, and special library collections nationwide. FLLS, through participation in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) ILL network, will request the item on your behalf.

Who may place Out-of-System ILLs:

In-system library card holders at one of the FLLS member libraries in good standing may request an Out-of-System request. If patrons are restricted from completing an Out-of-System request, they should contact their home library.


Patrons may only have five active Out-of-System requests on their library card at any one time. If the patron has five active Out-of-System requests, once one of the requests has been processed and is on the local library’s hold shelf, the patron may place another Out-of-System request.

Please do not place requests for the following types of items:

    • Anything currently owned by any of the FLLS member libraries or Alternatives.
    • New materials, published in the current year.
    • Video recordings.
    • Sound recordings.
    • Reference books, the lending library may be willing to copy some small number of pages, given sufficient information.
    • Rare books which may include some genealogy.
    • Bound or entire issues of periodicals.
    • eContent, learn more about shared OverDrive collections here.


If your library charges for hold requests, your account will be charged accordingly. In almost all cases there is no additional fee for interlibrary loans. However, if the lending library charges for an ILL, we will contact you before we complete the request. You must pay the fee before you receive the book. Patrons will be charged $1.00/day per overdue ILL item regardless of their local library’s overdue fine policy. You will be charged for any lost or damaged item.


The lending library determines the loan period and if an item may be renewed. Overdue items may jeopardize our ability to continue borrowing items. Please request a renewal at least three days before the due date at your local library. Please do not contact the system. You may not request a renewal for an overdue item. We cannot guarantee that renewal requests will be granted by the lending library nor can we guarantee a specific time extension. Only one renewal per item!

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