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Request an Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If we don’t have it, we will try to get it for you.

Materials not owned by St. Charles City-County Library (SCCCLD) may be borrowed from other libraries in the United States. These materials may be obtained locally from another metro-area library or from as far away as Portland, ME or Portland, OR.

A wide variety of materials are obtainable through ILL. Materials may be requested in any of the formats currently owned and circulated by the St. Charles City-County Library District. Copies of articles and book passages may also be requested. Please note, that the majority of lending libraries will not lend entire issues of journals and magazines or BluRays.

ILL service is available to customers age 18 and older who possess a valid library card in good standing. (Card must be presented at both time of request and time of checkout.) Children and teen requests may be submitted by a parent or guardian on behalf of the child. Ill requests are accepted online or in person at any branch. There is a limit of three active Interlibrary Loan requests per card. ("Active request" is any combination of requests submitted but not yet received and/or currently checked out.)

  • Before placing an ILL request, check our catalog for the item. Items owned by SCCCLD, on order, published within the previous 12 months, or available through our electronic databases are not available via ILL.
  • Search WorldCat for the item.

Once you have determined the item is eligible for request via ILL, follow one of the steps below.

  1. Place an item request online using WorldCat.
    Click here for a step-by-step PDF guide. 
    Please allow at least three weeks for delivery.
    Difficult requests may take longer.
  2. To request a copy of an article or book passage click here. 
    Copies are typically obtained much more quickly than loans,
    often within a day or two.
  3. Visit any branch location to place a request in person. - Once you have found the item in WorldCat, visit your local branch’s information desk. We will be happy to assist you in making your request.
  4. Interlibrary Loan Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Due to postage costs and various other expenses incurred by SCCCLD when obtaining ILL items, failure to pick up 3 requests in any three year period will result in a suspension of ILL privileges.