Interlibrary Loan Information

Interlibrary loan, or ILL, is a free service offered to Anderson Public Library cardholders. It provides access to the resources of many libraries across the United States. ILL services greatly expand the range of library materials available to library customers.

How Interlibrary Loan Works

Check our catalog to see if Anderson Public Library owns the material you need.

If we do not own the particular material you need, request to borrow it through ILL at the Information Desk by calling (765) 641-2456 or fill out the online request form.

It will take approximately three to four weeks for the item to arrive at Anderson Public Library. When it does, you will be notified.

Although it can vary depending upon the materials, most ILL items can be borrowed for three weeks at a time. If renewal is possible, it must be requested three days in advance of the due date. To request renewal of Interlibrary Loan materials, please fill out our renewal request form.

Return the item to any Anderson Public Library location by the due date. Late charges may apply at the discretion of the lending library.

What May Be Borrowed

  • Most books
  • Specific articles from periodicals (most articles are free, but the customer may have to pay $2 to $5; the amount is determined by the lending library)
  • Government documents
  • Pamphlets
  • Dissertations

What May Not Be Borrowed

  • Best sellers
  • Books released in the last six months
  • Audiovisual and 3D materials (DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, video games, tabletop games, etc.)
  • Titles which Anderson Public Library owns or has ordered, but are not currently on the shelves
  • Genealogy books that are in the Indiana Room

Who May Use ILL?

Most Anderson Public Library cardholders in good standing may make an Interlibrary Loan request. Public Library Access Card (PLAC) borrowers must contact their home library for ILL service.

How to Make a Request

Customers may request ILL items at the Information Desk in person, online, or by telephone. Customers must present a valid Anderson Public Library card when making requests in person or their library card number if making requests via email or telephone. Customers must have no outstanding fees or overdue items. The following information is necessary to process the request: customer's name, address, and telephone number.

As much of the following information as possible is also needed:

  • Books: author and title 
  • Periodicals: periodical title, volume number, date, page numbers, author, and title of article

What Are the Borrowing Terms?

Customers may request up to five items at one time. Length of borrowing time is generally three weeks. Renewals must be requested at least three days before the item is due. Renewals are determined by the lending library. To request renewal of Interlibrary Loan materials, please fill out our renewal request form.

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Items

Customers may be charged for late ILL items by the lending library. Items more than two weeks overdue are considered lost. Customers will be charged for items they damage or lose as assessed by the lending library.