Interlibrary Loan

What is interlibrary loan?


If you would like an item that is not owned by Washington County Library, we can request it for you from other libraries through interlibrary loan (ILL).

How do I request an interlibrary loan?


Talk to a librarian by phone, in person or via Ask A Librarian to request an interlibrary loan. You can also do it yourself via MNLINK. Learn more from this MNLINK video.
 

What can be requested?

Most items can be requested through ILL. Books, audiobooks, music CDs, and magazine articles are all available through ILL. It is also possible to get electronic versions of some books if a physical copy is not available.

However, Washington County Library does not request fiction DVDs (feature films, TV series, kid's DVDs, etc.) from other library systems. Non-fiction DVDs (documentaries, instructional aids, etc.) can be requested. In addition, Washington County Library will not allow ILL requests on recently published items or those with future publication dates. Instead, fill out a suggest a title form. These requests will be sent to Collection Development staff for purchase consideration.

How long can I keep ILL materials?

ILL materials are usually checked out for 3 weeks. Please note, the due date is set by the lending library, so it could be shorter than our normal ILL period. Additionally, you are limited to 10 ILL requests at any given time.