Can I borrow from other libraries?
There are several ways to do this. If the library doesn’t own a title you want, we can try to borrow it for you from another library. This is called an Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We can borrow items from most libraries throughout the United States. This puts us in touch with over 200 million items. This service is not limited to just books. You may ask for books on disc or tape; movies; educational films; magazine articles; etc.! You can search online for materials you may wish to borrow by using Jersey Cat, or you can call the library and we will be happy to do the searching for you.
There are some limits though; we may not be able to borrow something that is too new or too rare.
How long will it take for my Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request to be filled?
The time varies depending upon the item requested and how many libraries own it. It also depends upon whether or not the lending libraries are willing to lend it or if it is currently in use by their customers. There are many variables, and it is very difficult to predict. Materials borrowed through the interlibrary loan network can take from 3 weeks to several months to arrive. ILL takes time and there are no RUSH requests.
How do I make a request?
Requests can be made by phone, email or in person.