Interlibrary Loan is dependent upon generosity and goodwill between libraries. Please be careful with their material and return it on time.
Requested materials must be picked up within three days, we are unable to hold items for pick-up for longer than five (5) days from receipt.
If the Library does not own a book or journal that you need for your research, the Interlibrary Loan Department will try to borrow that item from a library outside of our system for you.
Any Monmouth County Library cardholder in good standing is eligible to use ILL. You can request up to five ILL items at a time.
You are limited to 5 active ILL items at one time.
Active ILL’s include both items currently on loan and items being searched for.
You can borrow books and receive photocopies of articles that are not available at our library. Please check our catalog before placing your request.
We cannot borrow new books, reference books, textbooks, genealogies, sound, video or DVD materials, children’s books, eBooks, entire issues of journals or items from outside of the United States.
Copyright law permits a library to ILL no more than five articles from a periodical title in any year.
You may make your Interlibrary Loan request to any reference librarian at any library in the system.
To request a book you will need the author, title and, if possible, the year of publication.
To request a journal article you will need the title of the journal, date, page numbers, author and title of the article.
To avoid delays, fill out the ILL forms as completely as possible. Please do not use abbreviations.
We try to have your request sent out within 24 hours. Typically, it can take from two to several weeks to fill your request, depending on the timeliness of the lending library
No, there is no fee for placing an Interlibrary Loan request. However, there is a charge of $2.00 for an ILL that is not picked up. Many out-of-state libraries charge to send materials. Fees for which you may be responsible can run from $5.00 to $25.00 or higher.
Materials are available for 3 weeks. Loan extensions are not available. Please return all ILL items by the specified due date. Failure to return these items on time will result in loss of your borrowing privileges and the imposition of fines.
Fines are 50¢ per day with a maximum of $10.00 per item.
If a patron fails to pick up a requested ILL on three separate occasions there may be a temporary revocation of ILL privileges.