Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (abbreviated ILL) is a service that allows a Middletown library user to borrow books or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library. You can make an ILL request at the Reference Desk. A librarian will identify owners of the desired item and place the request. If the request is approved, the lending library will send it to Middletown and library staff will make it available to you as a regular hold through our catalog. ILL items circulate for two weeks. You may not renew ILL items. All regular late fees apply. A fee of $5 will apply if you do not pick up an ILL item. You must return ILL items to a staff member; you cannot return them in the bins.

Although books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items, some libraries will lend audio recordings, video recordings, maps, sheet music, and microforms of all kinds.

Loan requests between library systems may take several weeks to complete. However, if an item is rare, fragile, or exceptionally valuable, the owning library is under no obligation to release it for interlibrary loan. Some collections and volumes, especially bound journals and one-of-a-kind manuscripts, are non-circulating, meaning that they may not be borrowed. Books may be delivered by mail or courier service. Photocopies may be faxed or scanned and delivered electronically. If an ILL request is denied by the lending library, Middletown staff will inform you of this decision.