Through ILL you can use your DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) card to request items that DCPL does not own, such as books, articles or microfilm, from other library systems.
ILL Fines and Fees:
The Library's policy on Interlibrary Loan is available.
Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan
ILL is a service that allows you to use your DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) card to request items that DCPL does not own, such as books, articles or microfilm, from other library systems.
Requests may be made two ways:
You may have up to three active requests in process at the same time. This includes requests already submitted for items not yet received. Requests are considered active until items are returned to the library and checked in.
No. Complete a separate request for each book, microfilm series, or article* you are requesting.
*Please note that entire issues of periodicals or bound volumes of periodicals may not be borrowed. Also, copyright guidelines restrict us from requesting more than one article from any single issue of a periodical. If you need multiple articles from the same issue, microfilm may be a better option.
Allow at least two weeks. Arrival times vary and depend on the availability of the item and the time it takes the U.S. mail to deliver it. Some requests may take four to six weeks to arrive.
The library branch you designate as your pickup location will notify you by telephone or email when your book or article is available. If you do not provide a local telephone number on the ILL request, you will receive all notifications by email.
There is a $3.00 fee for each ILL request filled by a lending library. If a request cannot be filled, no fees will be assessed. If a loan cannot be completed through a library within the DeKalb County Public Library’s (DCPL) sharing networks, additional fees may be required. Depending on the lending library, additional fees may range from $10-$25. You will be contacted if a lender will charge more than you indicate you are willing to pay. All fees are due at the time of pickup.*
*Please remember that you are responsible for paying the ILL fee even if you do not pick up the item.
The length of time varies. Each individual lending library or institution determines the loan period.
In most cases you will be able to renew your ILL materials. (If the lending library does not grant renewal requests, this will be indicated on the ILL book band included with your item.) To request a renewal, please contact your local branch or the ILL Department at the Decatur Library at least five days before the book is due. ILL renewals may not be made through Telecirc or by using My Account on the library website.
It may take up to two business days before a lending library responds to a renewal request. Renewals are not guaranteed.
The overdue fines for ILL materials are $1.00 per day, per item.
No, ILL returns may not be placed in the bookdrop. Items must be returned in person to the Circulation Desk at any DeKalb County Public Library branch.
You will be billed for lost and damaged materials at replacement costs established by the lending library. Lost and damaged fees are non-negotiable. In addition, there will be a $6.00 non-refundable processing fee.
The ILL Department is not able to borrow certain types of items. You cannot request the following:*
*Please keep in mind that libraries only lend their circulating materials through ILL. High demand books, reference materials, university course reserves, and genealogy or special collections materials generally cannot be borrowed. We can request photocopies of excerpts from these types of materials (for example, an encyclopedia entry, a book chapter, or information regarding a specific person from a genealogy book).
No. All photocopied materials are yours to keep, but please remember to keep copyright restrictions in mind. All photocopied materials received through ILL may only be used for private study, scholarship, or research.
Contact your local branch or the ILL Department at the Decatur Library. Once the material is en route from the lending library to fill your request, you are responsible for the ILL fee to cover return shipping fees.
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