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Interlibrary Loan



Interlibrary Loan

Didn’t find it in the library catalog? The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department may be able to borrow it for you from another library.
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How to Make an Interlibrary Loan Request

  1. Search FirstSearch (WorldCat) to find an item available from another library
  2. Click the “Borrow from Another Library” link
  3. Sign in to your lnterlibrary loan account with your barcode and PIN
  4. Review the request form and click submit.

Interlibrary Loan Fees
No late fees or a borrowing fee; we only charge for lost or damaged materials.

Contact Interlibrary Loan Staff
Phone: (785) 580-4425


Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Interlibrary Loan?
The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department borrows materials from other libraries across the nation. This gives library customers access to books, movies and many other items which are not owned by TSCPL.

Who may request an Interlibrary Loan?
TSCPL customers with a library card in good standing are qualified to use this service. The library’s website has information about getting a library card.

What may be requested through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Books, including Large Print books and foreign language materials
  • Audio/visual materials such as DVDs, Blu-ray, music CDs and audiobooks
  • Photocopies of articles from magazines, journals and newspapers
  • Microfilm (newspapers, public records, etc)

What may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Any material owned by TSCPL
  • Complete issues of a magazine or newspaper
  • Videogames like those for Playstation, Xbox or Wii
  • Ebooks

Does it cost anything to borrow through Interlibrary Loan?
There are no late fees or a borrowing fee. We only charge for lost or damaged materials.

In most cases there is no additional cost to borrow Interlibrary Loan materials. A few libraries do charge a lending fee, which the customer must agree to pay before we can borrow the item. Please indicate on your request the maximum amount you are willing to pay in case the only possibility of borrowing the item is from a library who charges. There are no late fees or a borrowing fee. We only charge for lost or damaged materials.

How do I request an Interlibrary Loan?

  • Request online using FirstSearch - Select the red ILL button and log in using your library card and PIN.
  • Request an item in person at a service desk or at a bookmobile stop.
  • Call us at (785) 580-4400

Is there a limit to how many requests I may place?
There is a limit of 10 “active” requests per customer. A request is active from the time it is submitted until the item is marked returned by ILL staff or if it is cancelled.

How long does it take to get materials?
On average it takes 7-10 business days to borrow an Interlibrary Loan item. 

Where can I pick up my Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan materials are held at the TSCPL Customer Service Desk or can be put on a bookmobile by request. Photocopies can be emailed, mailed to your postal address, or picked up at the library or bookmobile.

How will I be notified about this request?
Once your item is ready to be picked we will notify you by email, text, phone or letter in the mail as selected on your library account.

How long can I have to use this material?
Interlibrary Loan items are held for 10 days after the customer is notified and they check out for 3 weeks.

Is it possible to renew Interlibrary Loan materials?
Renewals are granted by the lending library and some items are not renewable. All requests to renew material must be submitted before the due date and may be made online or at a service desk or bookmobile.

Are there overdue fees if I am late turning in my Interlibrary Loan materials?
There are no late fees or a borrowing fee. We only charge for lost or damaged materials.

Where do I return the materials?
Interlibrary Loan materials can be returned to the Customer Service desk, bookmobiles, and library bookdrops. Returning material without the ILL paperwork attached may delay the check-in process.

How can I update my contact information?
If your contact information has changed or is incorrect please let us know by email or phone.

What if I have a question not in this FAQ?
For additional information, please contact us.

ILL Contact Information:
Phone: (785) 580-4425

Information for Other Libraries

We are a member of LVIS and do not charge to lend material or to copy up to 30 pages. We prefer requests by OCLC or email, but also accept faxed or mailed ALA forms and phone requests. Our regular loan period is 4 weeks with 4 week renewals if no one is waiting for the item. Our OCLC code is KTP. Our FEIN is 486028929.

We are able to receive materials sent by courier through the Kansas Library Express, MALA, COKAMO, and Trans-Amigos Express systems.

Customers outside the TSCPL lending area should contact their local library to borrow an item from our collection.

Non-circulating collections:

Reference, Some Genealogy, Microfilm, Newspapers, Magazines, Government Documents, Topeka History, Special Collections, Electronic Resources, Videogames, Book Group in a Bag kits

ILL Contact Information:
Phone: (785) 580-4425
Fax: (785) 580-4428

ILL Mailing Address:
Topeka & Shawnee Co Public Library
Interlibrary Loan
1515 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66604-1374

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