Interlibrary Loan Services

 
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Interlibrary Loan, also known as Resource Sharing, provides materials that are not available in Broward County Libraries' collection. Broward County Library cardholders can request to borrow a multitude of resources such as books, audiovisuals, newspaper and periodical articles, microfilm, and musical scores from libraries located all over the United States.

Requests for materials can be made at any one of Broward County Library's branches. Requests can be placed electronically through the WorldCat database or by asking any BCL librarian for assistance.

If you use the online service, the following steps will assist you in handling your requests:

  • Verify that Broward County Library does not own the item(s) you want by checking in our Catalog.
  • Exit the catalog and at the library's website, move the cursor over Catalogs & Online Resources, and on the menu that appears click on Online Resources.
  • Select the oval Catalogs button, click on Other Libraries (or scroll down), and click on WorldCat. This will put you on the basic search page for using the WorldCat database. Specific periodical and journal articles are available by clicking on the Databases tab and selecting ArticleFirst.
  • When you locate the item you want, click on the ILL icon and fill out the online form. Please provide a valid email address so that we may notify you directly about the status of your filled or unfilled request. If you do not use email, please write NONE into the address field.  It is important for you to "Select a Library" on each and every request so that Broward County Library's Interlibrary Loan section will know where to send your materials.
  • If you would like to track the status of your requests, you can use the "My Account" feature of WorldCat to place your requests. You do need to register by establishing a permanent User Name and Password. All subsequent interlibrary loan requests can then be placed and tracked by logging into My Account and viewing the Patron Resource Sharing tab.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service?
  2. What material is eligible for request through ILL?
  3. What material should NOT be requested through the ILL service? Can I get a video?
  4. There are 36 people on HOLD for the book I want. Can I request it through ILL?
  5. How long will it take to get my requested item?
  6. How will I know when my item arrives?
  7. Where will I check out and return my ILL item?
  8. How long can I keep my ILL?
  9. Can I renew my ILL?
  10. What does "In House Use Only" mean?
  11. I submitted a request ten days ago; how can I check the current status of my request?
  12. How many ILLs may I request at one time?
  13. How much does an ILL cost?
  14. Are there any guarantees?
  15. Can I place an ILL request from my home or office computer?
  16. How can I contact Interlibrary Loan?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service?

Anyone with a valid Broward County library card may place an Interlibrary Loan request. You must present your card at the checkout desk when picking up your ILL. Homebound customers who are unable to pick up their ILL requests may choose to apply for Books-By-Mail to obtain their Interlibrary Loan material via that program.

What material is eligible for request through ILL?
Materials that can be borrowed include books in a variety of languages, large print books, audiovisual materials in a variety of formats, theses and dissertations, microform, and photocopies/scans from periodicals and newspapers. Genealogy materials are not generally available through ILL; however, copies can often be obtained when specific names are submitted in the comments field on the ILL form.  

What material should NOT be requested through the ILL service? Can I get a video?
Items that are ineligible include computer software, e-books, textbooks, and anything already owned by Broward County Library. Books that are very old should not be requested, but a later version, edition, or reprint may be listed in WorldCat. New books may be requested but most libraries will not lend items from the current publishing year. You may request movies on DVD, music on CD or cassette, and books on tape or disc. Newly-released popular films, as well as all episodic television shows, are ineligible for request.

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There are 36 people on HOLD for the book I want. Can I request it through ILL?
If Broward County Library owns the item, we are not able to borrow it. The National Interlibrary Loan Code, published by the American Library Association, does not allow libraries to request materials that they already own. If the status of an item is lost, withdrawn, or traced, we will be glad to request it as an ILL for you.  

How long will it take to get my requested item?
Interlibrary Loan requests can be processed in a week to six weeks, depending upon the availability and geographical location of the materials requested.  

How will I know when my item arrives?
If you provide us with a valid email address when placing your request, you will get an email informing you when the material has been received at the Main Library's ILL office. You will receive a telephone call within a few days from the branch library that you selected when the request was placed. Please pick up your ILL item promptly.

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Where will I check out and return my ILL item?
You will sign a paper copy that details your request; this copy will be given back to you, serving as your receipt, when your item is returned. You will show your BCL library card to confirm that your account is in good standing and that your card number, phone number, name, and address all match the personal information on your ILL request. You must return to the same branch's Circulation Desk where you picked up your item. Please do not return an ILL item in a drop box 

How long can I keep my ILL?
The lending library sets the Due Date, since the loaned item belongs to them, rather than Broward County Library.  

Can I renew my ILL?
You can request a renewal from the lender by calling our ILL office (954-357-7442). You will need to call us back the same week to find out if, and for how long, a renewal is granted. If you establish a personal Account in WorldCat, you can request and check for renewals through the Patron Resource Sharing tab.

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What does "In House Use Only" mean?
Some lending libraries require that their material be used only in our library buildings.  

I submitted a request ten days ago; how can I check the current status of my request?
You may call our office for a status check. If you establish an Account in WorldCat, you can keep track of your requests using the Patron Resource Sharing tab. 

How many ILLs may I request at one time?
Borrowers may have FIVE active Interlibrary items at a time; this limit includes submitted, in transit, and received material. Items that are returned or unfilled are considered inactive.

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How much does an ILL cost?
The ILL service is free to all Broward County customers.  

Are there any guarantees?
Broward County Library's Interlibrary Loan service cannot guarantee the procurement of any item you request. We always have to rely on other libraries' willingness to loan material.  

Can I place an ILL request from my home or office computer?
You may log in remotely to the majority of our BCL databases, including WorldCat. If you have a complete citation (title, author, etc.) for a book or article and have already checked the BCL catalog, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan request at this site by filling out our online form completely.

How can I contact Interlibrary Loan?
Please call the ILL office at 954-357-7442. To email comments or suggestions, please e-mail bill@broward.org. If you need assistance placing your interlibrary loans, you can work with the reference staff at your local library branch.

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