What is an Interlibrary Loan Request?


interlibrary loanThe Library provides Interlibrary Loan as a supplemental service to obtain items you want that are not owned in The Library's collection. The Library can often borrow additional items from libraries in our district service area, from around the state, and from across the nation.

Check on your Interlibrary Loan requests in your Encore account. A few days after you have submitted a request, log in to your account and click on "Interlibrary Loan." You will see your requested titles and the status. It will say "Awaiting Arrival" when The Library is waiting for the item, and "Ready for Pick-up" when it is ready for checkout at the home library listed on your account.

Rules of Interlibrary Loan:

  • Use Interlibrary Loan to request items that are not owned by The Library. Please check The Library's catalog to see if we have local resources before requesting Interlibrary Loan. 
  • Interlibrary Loan should be used to request older items. If the item was published within the last 6 months, do NOT use this form, instead please suggest the title for purchase
  • You may submit up to 5 Interlibrary Loan requests per month. Note: The Library processes Interlibrary Loan requests from all public libraries in our district service area, so requests submitted via other public libraries in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry County are included in the limit of 5 per month.
  • You must read and agree to the Terms of Use for Interlibrary Loan to submit your request.

>> Request a specific item via Interlibrary Loan