Can I get material that is not available through LINKcat? Outer-Library Loan is a service that allows libraries to borrow materials from other libraries in the region, around the state, and nationwide. Patrons may use our outer-library loan service to request items that are not available through LINKcat. A library staff person can assist you in filling out a request slip.
What can I request? You may request books, items on microfilm, newspaper and magazine articles, and materials in many audiovisual formats.
What can’t I request? Items that are not accessible through OLL include recent best sellers, items newer than six months, rare and fragile materials, reference items, and some genealogical materials.
How long will it take? All requests are processed as quickly as possible. Usually, materials can be obtained within 2-4 weeks. If you have a specific date by which you must have an item or a piece of information, your request should include that date. If the material cannot be obtained by your deadline date, the request will be cancelled when that deadline passes.
How long may I keep an item? The lending library sets the due date and any restrictions placed on an OLL item. You will usually have a minimum of one week to use a borrowed item.
What will it cost? Most items are provided free of charge. If you lose or damage an OLL item, the lending library will request that you pay for the damage/loss and will also charge a substantial processing fee.