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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process by which a library borrows material from, or supplies material to, another library. JCPL recognizes that the sharing of material between libraries is an integral element in the provision of library service and believes it to be essential to the vitality of all libraries. 

You can request an interlibrary loan for the title you want.  An interlibrary loan request may be submitted in person, by phone, or by filling our the form below. 


Interlibrary loan policies of this library are governed by the American Library Association's Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (2001); the Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code; and by the regulations of lending libraries. Within the limits of the policy set forth here, Jackson County Public Library will offer to obtain for patrons requested materials not available in the collections of this library. Jackson County Public Library will consider lending fees when determining to which library an interlibrary loan request will be made, when there is a choice. 

โ€‹Restrictions on Material Borrowed

The lending library may impose restrictions on material lent, including requiring that the material be used only in the borrowing library. The lending library determines the length of time for which the material is lent and whether renewals will be granted and has the right to recall material before the due date.


Postage fees for the items borrowed will be passed on to the patron, to be paid at the time of item pickup. Fees for photocopying and occasionally other charges may be assessed by the lending library. Such charges will be passed on to the patron, to be paid at the time of item pickup. Jackson County Public Library will obtain authorization from the patron before ordering material for which there is a charge. Patrons who fail to pick up the material borrowed will still be expected to pay the postage and any other fees incurred. Overdue fines for all interlibrary loan items are .25ยข per day. The lending library will assess repair or replacement charges if materials are returned damaged or are lost. That cost will be passed along to the patron borrowing the material.

Turnaround Time and Loan Period

Time required to receive requested material can vary considerably, depending on availability of material, location of the lending library, and shipping method. Some materials may arrive in one business week, while others may take weeks or months. When making an ILL request, the patron should indicate any deadline for receipt of material and whether material will not be needed after a given date. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received. The lending library determines the loan period, which can vary from 2 to 4 weeks. Jackson County Public Library will set a return date that is three business days earlier than the due date, to allow time for the item to be returned to the lending library by mail. Patrons are urged to return materials on time to ensure that lending libraries will continue to share their resources with Jackson County Public Library. A renewal period, if any, is determined by the lending library. A patron who desires a renewal must notify Jackson County Public Library at least two (2) business days before the stated due date to allow time to request renewal with the lending library.

Request Requirements:

  • Patron must be 18 years of age and have an account in good standing.
  • Patron must use his/her own card to request an interlibrary loan.
  • Only 3 interlibrary loans per patron can be requested at a time.
  • The title requested must be at least one year old.
  • Due dates are set by lending libraries.  Some libraries will renew, some will not.  It's the patron's responsibility to work with JCPL's Interlibrary Loan Contact to request a renewal before the item is due.
  • If materials are not returned, the patron is responsible for all fines and processing fees.


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