Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Have you searched our collection and found that we don’t own the book or article you want?

Interlibrary Loan staff can help. We will search other Illinois and out-of-state libraries to locate the title you’re looking for. Most of the time we can borrow books from other Illinois libraries for free. Articles may incur a fee, although we always search for libraries that do not charge first. Requesting a title is easy, just follow these steps:

FAQs and Loan Rules for NPL Patrons

What is InterLibrary Loan?
Who can use this service?
What is available through Interlibrary Loan?
What is NOT available through Interlibrary Loan?
How do I place an Interlibrary Loan request?
Is there a limit to the number of requests I can submit?
How long does it take to get the material I requested?
Is there a fee to request books?
Is there a fee to request photocopies?
What is the checkout period for ILL items?
How will I know when the item is ready for pick-up?
Where do I pick up ILL materials?
How do I return the item?
Can I cancel a request once it has been placed?
Can I renew a book?
What are the fines for overdue ILL books?
What happens if I damage or lose a book?
Why am I told sometimes that the title I requested went "unfilled"?