Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

ILL Guidelines and Procedures

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a national library sharing program that allows library users to locate and borrow a book, DVD, audiobook, or journal article unavailable at their home library or consortium.  Interlibrary Loan is a request option for adult Livingston residents in good standing for items that are not owned by the Livingston Library or BCCLS.

An ILL request can take 4 weeks or more until the item is available for pickup. Loan periods of ILL requests are typically 2 weeks (14 days) for media and 4 weeks (28 days) for print materials; however, loan periods are subject to the loaning libraries’ discretion. All ILL requests must go through the Adult Services and Acquisitions Desk.

If an item is rare, fragile, or valuable, the owning library is under no obligation to release it for interlibrary loan. Some collections and volumes, especially bound journals and one-of-a-kind manuscripts, are non-circulating, meaning that they may not be borrowed. Lending of all materials is at the discretion of the loaning Library.  For some rare or older requested items, the owning library may specify that they are for use within the Livingston Public Library only and cannot be checked out. 

ILL items are not renewable. Adult Livingston residents may have up to three (3) active ILL requests at one time. Juvenile and YA Livingston cardholders may not place ILL requests. An interlibrary loan is considered active from the time a request is submitted by the patron until the time it is returned to the lending library.


ILL items are outside the Livingston Public Library collection and overdue materials are subject to a $1 fine per day.  Items two weeks past due will be charged to the patron at full replacement cost. The default replacement cost for textbooks and rare materials is $100 per item. 

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