Interlibrary Loans Policy

Library Board approved June 21, 2011. Revised November 2018.

This policy covers interlibrary loan activity outside of the agreements and policies established by Oak Park Public Library’s membership in the SWAN consortium.

Oak Park Public Library endorses the Illinet Interlibrary Loan Code, the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, and complies with Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.) and its accompanying guidelines. The Library offers interlibrary loan services to any Oak Park resident holding a valid Oak Park Public Library card in good standing. Oak Park Public Library participates in interlibrary loan with U.S. libraries only.

Oak Park Public Library will not request materials that are owned by the Library, or that are available in SWAN. Length of loan periods, renewal options, overdue, lost and damaged fines, lending fees, and conditions for use are determined by the supplying libraries. Every effort is made to obtain requested materials from libraries offering free lending. In the case of supplying libraries charging a lending fee, patrons will be responsible for the fee and will be notified before obtaining the item.

As a supplying library, Oak Park Public Library does not charge for lending materials. There is no charge for photocopies and up to 100 pages will be provided. Electronic copies may be provided if licensing agreements allow for it. We do not loan local history and special collection materials, reference books, or other unique materials. If an item is not on hold for another user, the item may be renewed. Lost, damaged and never returned items are assessed a fee equal to the list price.

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