What is Inter-Library Loan?
No matter how extensive our collection is, there will always be something that the Beloit Public Library does not own. That is where the Inter-Library Loan Service comes in. This service is a nationwide service designed for libraries to use when they are not able to supply the materials or information their customers need or want. This service is an active program between libraries within Arrowhead Library System, other library systems statewide, and if needed, library systems nationwide.
Any customer who has a valid ALS card in good standing may borrow materials through ILLS. There is no charge directly to the customer for ILLS, other than photocopies and late fees. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict when the material will arrive (anytime between 3 days and 6 months.) If the materials are needed by a specific date, that date should be included in the original request.
The lending library determines the length of the loan period for the materials they send. This loan period will vary, so please check your due dates. This is a cooperative service; therefore, the borrowing library is obligated to return the materials by the established due date.
We can accept requests for books, periodical articles, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, audiocassettes, and microfilms. We may not request circulation copies of titles we have in our non-circulating collections.
All research is done by the patron. Any items received via Inter-Library Loan at Beloit Public Library must be returned to Beloit Public Library. Should the materials become damaged or lost, the customer will be charged according to the policies of the lending library.
Beloit Public Library reserves the right to deny this service to customers who abuse this courtesy or other Beloit Public Library policies.
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