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Interlibrary Loans


General Statement of Policy

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides access to materials from libraries outside Northwest Regional Library System (NWRLS) via a nationwide network of Libraries. ILL requests are accepted for most items not currently owned by NWRLS.


Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

NWRLS library card holders with accounts in good standing (see Material Borrowing policy) can request items via ILL.

Customers may have up to five (5) active requests at one time.

Items owned by this library may be ordered via the ILL system only if overdue more than 3 months and presumed lost.

New books (primarily those less than 6 months old), complete issues of magazines, audio-visual materials and current textbooks cannot be renewed via ILL.

Genealogy, local history, and reference books are often available via ILL.

ILL materials cannot be renewed.


The fee for late return of Interlibrary Loan materials is 25¢ per day, per item. Customers will be charged replacement fees for any lost or damage ILL item.


Interlibrary Loans may take 2 to 6 weeks to arrive. Library staff will contact customers when the items are available to be picked up.

NWRLS does not charge for Interlibrary Loan services, but some items are only available for a fee other items can only be copie/scanned for a charge. If a lending Library charges, Library staff will contact the customer before the request is submitted.


After a request is submitted, the customer will be contacted:

Interlibrary Loan materials must be returned to a staff member inside the library. Book drops may not be used to return Interlibrary Loans.


Interlibrary Loan requests can be made via the NWRLS Interlibrary Loan Request Form or by contacting any NWRLS location.


Printable version: Interlibrary Loan policy