Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary Loan

The Camden County Library District (CCLD) provides a free of charge interlibrary loan (ILL) service which permits patrons to obtain materials from other libraries which are not owned by CCLD but have partnered with us; this includes 861 libraries in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  This service is provided through the WorldCat online database.

To request a book, audiobook, DVD, or other materials through Interlibrary Loan, please visit: WorldCat

If you are requesting new items, please visit your local branch to see about purchasing these items, before trying to order them through WorldCat.


FAQ about Interlibrary Loan

What is interlibrary loan (ILL)?

“Interlibrary loan is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library.” (Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States. ALA, 2001).

Are materials loaned from one CCLD branch to another considered interlibrary loans?

No, all materials owned by CCLD are loaned through regular hold procedures.  Please be sure CCLD does not own an item by searching our online catalog, Camden County Library District Card Catalog, before making an ILL request.

Who is eligible for interlibrary loan borrowing?

Any patron with a valid CCLD library card in good standing may request materials through ILL.

What costs are associated with interlibrary loan?

Camden County Library District only sends requests to libraries which do not charge fees.  However, if a patron is willing to pay a borrowing fee, an attempt will be made to acquire the item(s).  Please, fill out the box on the request form stating how much you would be willing to pay in borrowing fees.

What is available through interlibrary loan?

Books, movies, sound recordings, microfilm, photocopies, and more are available through ILL.  CCLD will attempt to borrow from other library systems that we have partnered with titles that CCLD does not own, does not plan to purchase, or had only non-circulating copies.

What is not available through interlibrary loan?

Lending policies vary from library to library.  Many libraries will not lend audiovisual materials of any kind, local history or genealogy materials, reference materials, current year publications or bestsellers, and materials from special collections. While every effort will be made to locate the desired materials, finding a library willing to lend is not guaranteed.

How is an interlibrary loan request placed?

Once a patron has determined that the Camden County Library District does not own the material, the WorldCat online database may be searched.  Patrons may place interlibrary loan requests through WorldCat.

How long does it take to receive a interlibrary loan request?

The average turnaround time for an ILL request is about 2-3 weeks from the date of submission to the date of arrival at the patron’s branch library for pickup.  Some ILL requests can take longer, as lenders beyond the regional libraries need to be found.

Are patrons notified when interlibrary loan materials are available?

Yes, patrons are notified of available ILL holds in the same manner as regular holds.  They will receive a notice by email or phone call, according to the patron’s preference.

Is the checkout period on interlibrary loan materials the same as that for most CCLD materials (21 days)?

No, ILL materials generally have a 2-week loan period.  All material are subject to recall.  If the lending library requests that an item be returned prior to the assigned due date, the materials must be promptly returned.  If this occurs, materials may be requested again.

May the loan period on interlibrary loan materials be extended?

Yes, in most cases the lending library will grant one renewal on an item.  But this is not guaranteed.  To request renewal of interlibrary loan materials, please contact any CCLD staff member.  Requests for renewal should be made before the due date if possible.

Where do patrons return interlibrary loan materials?

ILL materials may be returned at any CCLD Branch

Is there a charge if an interlibrary loan item is not returned or returned damaged?

Yes, lost material charges are to be determined by the lending library and will most likely be over $50.

What if an interlibrary loan request is no longer needed?

Patrons must contact CCLD staff to cancel an ILL request. 

Why do some interlibrary loan requests go unfilled?

In most cases, lenders cannot be found for an item because the item is either: on loan, missing, non-circulating, on hold, or involves a fee.  In the event that a request goes unfilled, the library the request is to be sent to will be notified, who will in turn notify the patron.  Patrons may resubmit their unfilled request(s) after a three (3) week waiting period.