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Interlibrary Loans

Library Board approved June 21, 2011.

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, 2008, the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, 2008, 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.  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 fines, and conditions for use are determined by the supplying libraries.  Every effort is made to obtain requested materials from libraries in Illinois, and there is a $5.00 charge for items obtained out of state.  This charge must be paid even if the item is not picked up.  The Library absorbs any fees charged by supplying libraries up to $20.00, and patrons will be offered the option of obtaining items with higher fees on a cost recovery basis.  Interlibrary loan requests will not be processed for patrons with overdue interlibrary loan materials.

It is frequently difficult for the Library to borrow:

  • Bound periodicals. We will request photocopies, electronic copies, or microforms.
  • Textbooks for school use.  Current textbooks are very difficult to obtain through interlibrary loan and libraries will not loan us books for an entire semester.
  • New materials.  Libraries have various definitions on what constitutes “new” books and audiovisual materials.
  • eBooks.  Licensing issues may restrict loans.

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.  Requests are accepted by OCLC ILL (preferred), ALA form, fax, telephone, or email.  We do not loan local history and special collection materials or reference books.  If an item is not on hold for another user, the item may be renewed twice.  Lost items are assessed a fee equal to the list price, plus a $5.00 processing fee.

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