Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a network of libraries throughout Iowa and the United States who agree to lend materials to each other. When the Perry Public Library doesn’t own an item, we can ask other libraries to send it to us so that we can lend it to you. Use the ILL request for items that have been published for at least one year or for items that wouldn’t be of general interest to other library patrons.


How many items can I request at a time?


You can have up to three active requests at a time. This gives you time to read, listen to, or view the material before it is due back to the lending library.


What can I NOT order through ILL?


We do not borrow materials that we own. We also do not borrow items that were published within the past year. These items can be suggested as a purchase request.


Is there a charge for ILL?


Perry Public Library does not charge for this service.


How long will it take for my ILL to arrive?


It usually takes about 2 weeks for your ILL request to be available for pick-up. If it’s taking longer, we’ll call or e-mail you with an update. We’ll also let you know if we’re unable to borrow the item.


How will I know when to pick up my ILL?


ILLs are just like holds. We’ll notify you by the method you’ve chosen (text, e-mail, or phone) when the item is ready for you to pick up.


How long can I keep my ILL?


The loaning period for ILL items is 2 weeks. This allows you time to read, listen to, or view the item before it is due back at our library.


Can I renew my ILL?


Renewal is up to the lending library. Submit your request for renewal five days before the item is due. We’ll ask the lending library and let you know if they’re willing to extend the due date.


What if I do not check out an ILL item that I requested after I submit an ILL request?


Sending materials between libraries costs time and postage. For this reason, we charge a $5.00 fee if an item is not picked up after it has been requested.