Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan allows patrons to borrow materials they need from other libraries if Scott County Public Library does not own the needed materials.
How does Interlibrary loan work?

  • Reference staff will seek to speak to the patron to make sure of their specific needs and to ensure interlibrary loan will be used judiciously.
  • Patrons must have a valid and non-delinquent SCPL card to be able to borrow books through interlibrary loan.
  • To request an Interlibrary Loan, fill out the Request Form available in the library at the Information Desk. Request forms must be filled out completely, including a signature verifying that the copyright statement has been read.
  • Some restrictions will be placed on types of material requested through interlibrary loan. SCPL will not try to borrow the following:
    • Genealogical materials
    • Current year fiction
    • Any item published in the last six months
    • Titles which SCPL owns or has on order
    • Reference materials
    • Books available in inexpensive paperback for
    • Audiovisual materials (video, microfilm, cassettes, etc.) unless the patron has confirmation from a particular source that the item will be loaned.
  • When requesting periodical articles, patrons need to give us definite information about the amount they are willing to pay. If the patron is not willing to pay additional fees, we cannot order from out-of-state libraries unless we know they do not charge.
  • For books, author and title information must be available for a request to be processed. For periodical articles, we must have complete date, and either title of article or subject and page number.
  • The loan period for an interlibrary loan item varies depending on the lending library’s policies. (This is usually between two to three weeks.)
  • It is very important that interlibrary loan books be returned on time since it is a privilege to borrow these items.
  • Renewals are not encouraged. If there is a valid need, requests for renewal should be made several days prior to the due date. Only one renewal will be allowed for a particular title.
  • Overdue interlibrary loan books are subject to a fine of $1.00 per day per item.
  • Patrons will be responsible for any lost or damaged interlibrary loan items. Since the SCPL would not be ordering the item except that the patron has requested it, this includes items lost in transit, etc.
  • A patron may have as many as three requests “on order” at a time.

To fill out a request for an Interlibrary Loan online, please click here.

For our complete Interlibrary Loan Policy, click here.