Frequently Asked Questions
What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
What Items Cannot Be Requested through Interlibrary Loan?
Does It Cost Anything to Borrow through Interlibrary Loan?
How Will I Be Notified That My Interlibrary Loan Is Available?
Where Can I Pick Up My Interlibrary Loan?
How Long Can I Have This Item?
Is It Possible to Renew an Interlibrary Loan?
Where Do I Return My Interlibrary Loan?
Are There Overdue Fines on Interlibrary Loan Items?
How Can I Check the Status of My Interlibrary Loan Request?
How Do I Update My Contact Information?
What If My Question Is Not in This FAQ?
The interlibrary loan department borrows items from other libraries across the nation. This gives our patrons access to books, movies, and many other items that Emporia Public Library does not own.
No, there is no fee to use this service.
A patron will be contacted by phone or email. It is important to keep your library account up to date with your current phone, mailing address, and email address. If your phone or address is not correct, the interlibrary loan you ordered will be sent back immediately.
All interlibrary loans can be picked up at the circulation desk on the first floor. The items are held for a week after a patron is told that the item is ready to be picked up. If a patron fails to pick up the item by the hold date, the item will be sent back to the lending library.
DVDs have a one-week checkout period. All other materials will check out for three weeks unless the lending library gives a shorter due date; if that is the case, the patron will be informed of this when they are notified that their item is available.
DVDs and microfilm are not renewed. All other materials may be renewed, but the renewal must be approved by the lending library. Please call a few days before your ILL is due so we can put in a renewal request to the lending library.
We prefer that interlibrary loan materials be returned inside the library, but if that is not possible, please return it in one of the book drops in the east parking lot.
Yes. DVDs are $1 per day; all other materials are $0.10 per item per day.
Call the circulation desk (620) 340-6462 or the interlibrary loan dept (620) 340-6465. You can also update your contact information through our online catalog.