What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan is a service whereby a user of one library can borrow books or receive photocopies if documents that are owned by another library.
The user makes a request with their local library, which identifies owners of the desired item, places the request, receives the item, makes it available to the user, and arranges for its return.
Although books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items, some libraries will lend audiobooks, videos, maps, sheet music and microfilm and microfiche. In many cases, nominal fees may accompany interlibrary loan services.
The materials below cannot generally be acquired through ILL:
What costs are involved?
Homer Public Library Interlibrary Services attempts to borrow materials as economically as possible and is usually able to provide ILL service for the cost of mailing. The charge is $2.00 for books and $4.00 for audiovisual (A/V) materials and all other items that require Priority shipping. Unusually heavy items or multi-volume sets will be charged actual postage costs. HPL fees for books and A/V materials must be paid at the time of pick-up. Photocopies may be forwarded to you electronically via email at no charge. However, if printing is needed, there is a $0.15 per page fee, payable at the time of receipt.
If you do not retrieve your materials, your library card will be charged. We will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials, rush fees, special service fees, or repair/replacement costs. If your item is only available from libraries that charge additional fees, we will contact you before ordering.
ILL requests will not be accepted via email or over the telephone.
Having troubles? Contact Interlibrary Services.
How do I check the status of my request?
If you need information about your requests, please contact Interlibrary Services.
Online: Before placing your ILL requests online, you may create a personal account within FirstSearch that will allow you to track your request! Please contact Interlibrary Services at 435-3194 for assistance with creating an account. (This option is currently unavailable. Please contact us by phone, email, or in person until further notice.)
Telephone: 435-3194. This phone has voice mail so it is available 24 hours a day. Please leave your first and last name, information indicating the book or photocopy you requested, and your phone number.
In Person: The library is located at 500 Hazel Avenue. Library hours are M/W/F/Sa 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and T/Th 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How long may I keep the materials?
Loan periods are determined by the lending library. Standard loan periods are 2 weeks for books and 1 week for audiobooks and videos.
Your check-out period begins when your item is received and you have been notified of its arrival.
Due dates are determined by the lending library and, as a general rule, items are not renewable.
Interlibrary Loan works because libraries honor each other's policies and due dates. Timely return of ILL materials assures that we will continue to be able to borrow from other libraries. Keeping an ILL book beyond the due date jeopardizes our ability to borrow from that lender in the future, and may make important materials unavailable to other interlibrary borrowers.
How can I read my Electronic Document Delivery article?
Your Electronic Document will be sent to your email address, usually as an attachment.
If necessary the Library can print an electronically delivered article for you. There is a charge for this service. Electronic articles expire twenty-one days after receipt, after which they can no longer be retrieved.
IMPORTANT: By using HPL Document Delivery, you are agreeing to uphold the copyright restrictions applicable to all library materials. You are permitted to print one copy of the article for your own use.*
*All material is supplied in accordance with United States copyright law (Title 17, US Code). It is intended only for personal research or instructional use. Documents may not be stored or retransmitted in machine-readable form and should only be printed once. Further reproduction or copying in any form requires the prior express written consent of the copyright owner and payment of royalties. Infringement of copyright law may subject the violator to civil fine and/or criminal prosecution, or both. The Homer Public Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.