Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Frequently Asked Questions & Instructions

What is an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Interlibrary loans are materials loaned to library patrons from other libraries. They are not a primary tool of collection development but can be used to expand the range of materials available to patrons.

What types of materials may be requested through Interlibrary loans?
Based on the varying lending rules that affect format availability, the Sumter County Library System will only submit requests for books. Based on the varying lending rules that affect recent publication availability, requested items must also have a date of publication that is older than 1 year in order to be submitted.

How many interlibrary loans may be requested and what is their late fine?
Patrons are limited to a maximum of 4 items requested and checked out at a time. Interlibrary loans have varying due dates with no renewal to ensure timely return to the lending library. Late fines on interlibrary loans are assessed at $1 per day per item.

Someone else requested the book I need. Can I place the book on hold?
Interlibrary loans are only available to the patron that originally requested the item. If another patron requests the item, another interlibrary loan request must be submitted.

How do I place a request for an Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loans may be requested online. See the link below for detailed instructions on placing requests through the online form.
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