Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan

St. Charles City-County Library District participates in the interlibrary loan network which allows libraries to supplement their collections by borrowing materials from and/or loaning materials to other library systems.  Each library participating in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) program develops guidelines governing the use of its own ILL system. The District’s policies, outlined below, are governed by the National Interlibrary Loan Code, Policy # C192.15.



Interlibrary loan requests are not accepted for material published within one year of the request date.

The District will consider purchase of requested items published within the last year. However, if the item is readily available from another library, an attempt will be made to borrow the item while a purchase decision is being made.


Requests for textbooks will be made when the information sought is only available in a textbook format.


Requests for specific articles not readily available in any format in the district will be considered. The borrower must agree to cover copying costs.


ILL requests for genealogical materials may include books, photocopies, and microfilm. Genealogies and genealogical books may be requested through ILL if circulating copies are available. Photocopies of specific pages from non-circulating books may be requested as well as microfilm not available in the district. Fees charged by the lending library are passed on to the borrower.


The District will accept requests for the material types it circulates (e.g. DVDs, video games, audio books, etc.).


Juvenile and young adult materials will be considered under the same guidelines as adult items. However, interlibrary loan services will be restricted to cardholders 18 years of age and older.


Interlibrary loan due dates are specific for each transaction and restrictions are determined by the lending library. Materials may not be renewed.

There is a fine of $1.00 per day per item for overdue items, based on policy #C128.

When repeated requests are made for a specific item, the District will consider it for purchase, based on the collection development policy, #D040. The District will accept only three title requests per individual at one time. Borrowers will be responsible for any charges made by the lending library for ILL items. ILL privileges may be suspended if the borrower fails to pick up a requested item, returns an item late, or loses an item per Policy # C192.05. Students of local educational institutions must use the resources of their respective institutions for educational ILL services. Reciprocal cardholders must use their own public libraries for interlibrary loan services.

The District will provide ILL services for non-resident cardholders.

The District will not accept subject requests; specific titles must be requested.


SCCCLD will lend materials to other libraries under the same conditions and terms as borrowed.

At the discretion of the district, some individual items may not be loaned.

Revised/approved 11/12/2007; Updated 10/8/2013)