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Borrowing from Other Libraries

What is Interlibrary Loan (borrowing from other libraries) and who can use it?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that you can use to borrow materials that are not owned by the Franklin Park Library. ILL is offered only to those with a valid and current Franklin Park library card. If your fines exceed $3.00, your request will not be processed until the fines are less than $3.00.

How can I request ILL materials?

You can make requests in person by talking to a librarian at the Information Desk or the Kids Crossing Desk. Requests can also be made over the phone by calling 847-455-6016, ext. 2. You can also email your requests to info@fppld.org. Another option is placing your requests online by using the WorldCat database and clicking on the ILL button.

What types of materials may I request?

We will attempt to borrow books, spoken word recordings, CDs, photocopies of magazine and journal articles, DVDs and videos from libraries outside of the LINC consortium. DVDs and videos may only be requested by those age 18 and older. Some requested materials are more difficult to borrow and therefore the requests may take a longer time to fill or may be left unfilled. Examples of these types of items include books that were published during the current year; video and sound recordings; materials that are very old; and materials that are highly specialized and/or not widely held by other libraries.

How many items can I request at a time?

If you are requesting items from other LINC libraries, there is no limit to the number of items you can request. If you are requesting items from libraries outside of LINC, then there is a limit of 5 requests per week.

What libraries can our library borrow?

Our library can borrow from most of the libraries in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. We do not borrow from libraries outside of the United States and/or libraries that charge a fee for their materials.

How will I know if my ILL materials are ready to be picked up?

When your ILL materials arrive, Circulation staff will give you a phone call. If your ILL request was unfilled, the ILL Librarian will notify you by telephone or email, if you provided your email address on the request form.

Where can I pick up my ILL materials?

You can pick up your ILL materials at the Circulation Desk. You must use the same library card to check out materials that was used to request the materials.

Are there any fees for borrowing ILL materials?

There are no fees to use ILL. However, if you forget to pick up your requested ILL materials, you will be charged $3.00 per item. This fee does not apply to materials borrowed from other LINC libraries.

Can ILL materials be renewed?

Yes. If you who wish to renew your ILL materials, you should contact the library at least one week before the item is due. The ILL Librarian will then request a renewal from the library the material came from and will call the you back to let him/her know the status of the renewal. DVDs and videos may not be renewed. If you do not renew and you keep your items after the due date, you will be charged $.10 per day for print materials and sound recordings and $.25 per day for DVDs and videos.

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