How To Get An Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

READING PUBLIC LIBRARY
INTERLIBRARY LOAN POLICY

An Interlibrary Loan is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library. Interlibrary Loan encompasses transactions among libraries not under the same administration, system or school district.

The RPL staff will make every effort to utilize the resources of its own library before resorting to Interlibrary Loan. Therefore, in compliance with the Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Code (revised October 2010), the Reading Public Library will not request materials that are part of its own collection or that of other Berks County Public Libraries, through Interlibrary Loan.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT

Adult patrons (in good standing with the library) may make a request for an Interlibrary Loan item. Upon receipt, individuals are responsible for the safety and proper handling of their ILL materials. Patrons will be held financially responsible for damage to or loss of an Interlibrary Loan item. Continued disregard of due dates, accumulated fines and the mishandling of ILL materials are sufficient reasons for suspension of Interlibrary Loan borrowing privileges.

The following items will NOT be requested through Interlibrary Loan:

  • BEST SELLERS AND NEWLY PUBLISHED TITLES (within 6-12 months)
  • MATERIALS OWNED LOCALLY (within the Berks County Public Library System)
  • NEWLY RELEASED/POPULAR AUDIOVISUAL ITEMS (within 12 months)
  • RARE BOOKS (special collection materials and archival items)
  • ELECTRONIC RESOURCES & LICENSED COMPUTER SOFTWARE REFERENCE MATERIALS
  • PERIODICALS AND JOURNALS

Please note: Large/oversized volumes or multiple volume sets should not be requested through Interlibrary Loan, if it can be avoided. This type of material is difficult to obtain and expensive to ship.

Restrictions:

  • Patrons are limited to 5 Interlibrary loan requests at any given time
  • Textbook loans will be subject to In Library Use Only and will not be loaned for a period beyond four weeks.
  • Welcome card holders will have access to materials In Library Use Only; they may then be upgraded to full access (able to check ILL materials out) in accordance with established Circulation Policy.
  • Welcome card holders may not request audiovisual items via Interlibrary Loan.
  • E-Card holders are not eligible for Interlibrary Loan services.

 

 

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BORROW ITEMS THROUGH INTERLIBRARY LOAN?

  • Every effort will be made to obtain requested materials at no cost to our patrons from other libraries.
  • Sometimes the lending library will charge a lending fee ranging from $10.00 to $50.00.
  • Since lending fees are passed on the patron, it is very important that you indicate on the Interlibrary Loan form how much you are willing to pay for a requested item.
  • Patrons returning Interlibrary Loan items after the due date will incur a fine of 50¢ a day.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ITEM THROUGH INTERLIBRARY LOAN AND HOW LONG CAN I KEEP IT ONCE RECEIVED?

  • PLEASE ALLOW 7-10 BUSINESS DAYS if the requested Interlibrary Loan item is found within the state of Pennsylvania and is available for shipping by the lending library.
  • PLEASE ALLOW 2-3 WEEKS if the requested Interlibrary Loan material is being shipped to the Reading Public Library from a library in another state.
  • DUE DATES for Interlibrary Loan items are determined by the lending libraries, not the Reading Public Library.
  • Most libraries will lend an item for 2 to 4
  • Only one (1) renewal can be given on an Interlibrary Loan book, if applicable.
  • Audiovisual materials are always NON-RENEWABLE.

COPYRIGHT LAW GUIDELINES (section 108(g)(2) permit a requesting library to receive five articles annually from a single journal title. It prohibits systematic photocopying of copyrighted materials but permits interlibrary loan arrangements that do not have as their purpose “that the library receiving such copies for distribution does so in such aggregate quantities as to substitute for a subscription to or purchase of such work.”

CONFIDENTIALITY:  As with the circulation records of libraries, Interlibrary Loan requests are held in the strictest confidence.

To make an Interlibrary Loan Request or to obtain more information regarding this valuable service, please contact the Reference Department (610) 655-6355 at the Reading Public Library.

Approved 7/2012

Revised and approved 3/20/2017