How To Get An Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

An Interlibrary Loan is a free service for requesting books your library does not own. Adult patrons may make up to 5 interlibrary loan requests at one time. All you need is a RPL or Berks County Public Library card.* 

Some restrictions apply:

  • Textbook loans are for In Library Use Only and are loaned for a period of four weeks.
  • Welcome card holders will have access to materials for In Library Use Only.
  • Welcome card holders may not request audiovisual items via Interlibrary Loan.
  • E-Card holders are not eligible for Interlibrary Loan services.

* Patrons are financially responsible for damage to or loss of an Interlibrary Loan item. As with the circulation records of libraries, Interlibrary Loan requests are held in the strictest confidence.


Every effort will be made to obtain requested materials at no cost to our patrons from other libraries but sometimes the lending library will charge a lending fee ranging from $10.00 to $50.00. Indicate on the Interlibrary Loan Form how much you are willing to pay for the requested item.

Patrons returning Interlibrary Loan items after the due date will incur a fine of $1.00 a day.

Failure to pick up or review ILL items after notification of their arrival will result in a $5.00 administrative fee

Approximately 7-10 business days for items transferred within the state, and 2-3 weeks for items transferred from another state.

Lending periods are determined by the lending library, and are usually 2-4 weeks. One renewal can be applied where permitted

Contact the Reference Department at 610.655.6355 for more information or to make an Interlibrary Loan Request.