Interlibrary Loan

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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan helps patrons meet their unique information needs by borrowing books from other libraries around the country.


Guidelines and Policies

Note: Updates to our interlibrary loan policy supercede the content published on this page.

If you are a library seeking interlibrary loan materials from the Idaho Falls Public Library, please use OCLC to request the materials.

Library patrons, please note the following:

  • Patrons may request up to 26 titles/year for no cost. Anything beyond this amount will cost $10/title. This fee is nonrefundable and will be charged even if we cannot find a lending library willing to send the title.
  • Some items are difficult to obtain and few libraries will lend them, but we will make a good faith effort to find your request.
  • We do not process interlibrary loan requests for temporary borrowers.
  • Title availability is subject to the lending library’s terms. Because loans may ship from another part of the country, receiving times may vary.
  • Costs for damaged books — as determined by the lending library or once a title is 20 days overdue — will be charged to the borrower’s account.
  • Once they arrive, interlibrary loans will be available at our second-floor desk for 7 days. The library will use your standard account notifications to tell you the title is ready.
  • Items that are not picked up within 7 days may be subject to a $10 account fee.
  • Titles which we already hold in our local collections cannot be requested through interlibrary loan. We will place our copy on hold for you once it becomes available.
  • These guidelines may change as needed to ensure smooth operation and cost control.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form for Patrons

Idaho Falls Public Library patrons, please use this form to request an interlibrary loan. All fields are required.