Outer-Library Loan

Can I get material that is not available through LINKcat? 

Yes.  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 or click here to submit a request online.

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 including 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.  Generally, items arrive within 2-4 weeks.  Some requests may not be successful.  Requests may be resubmitted after a 6 month waiting period.

If you have a specific date after which you no longer need the item(s) requested, please include that with your request.  The request will be cancelled automatically if not filled by that date.

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.

Online Request Form