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Interlibrary Loan

Stacks of books waiting for book club members to pick them up.

From Alaska to Maine, Vancouver to Miami, as well as the Library of Congress, members of the Glen Ellyn Public Library receive books from libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada thanks to Interlibrary Loan. At any given time, between 400 and 500 books are in circulation for members through Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows library members to borrow books or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library.

ILL searches a broad catalog of public and academic libraries throughout the world. Although books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items, some libraries will lend audio recordings, video recordings, maps, sheet music, etc. If the item you’re searching for is not available through our online catalog, ask one of the librarians to request the item from another library through Interlibrary Loan. Or visit WorldCat and request the item yourself. Please make sure your request is as complete as possible. Items may take a week or longer to arrive at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. The delivery time depends on the lending library and how quickly they locate the item.

You will be notified by telephone or email when the item is available for you to pick up. Items not picked up within a specified time will be returned to their library. Most items are due in three weeks and can be renewed one time.

Overdue items are charged 20 cents per day, per item until reaching the maximum fine of $8. Items damaged by the borrower are charged the fee assessed by the lending library. The cost of the item and billing fee charges are added when the item reaches 50 days overdue. For more information regarding Overdue and Lost materials see Loan Periods, Fines and Renewals.