Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides materials that are not available from Bloomingdale Public Library or member libraries of the LINC consortium. The service is not designed to provide materials that the customer needs immediately, nor is it designed to fulfill requests for materials needed for an extended length of time (such as for an entire academic semester). Bloomingdale Public Library endorses the principles of the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code. Materials may be requested from other libraries throughout the United States.

Any Bloomingdale Public Library cardholder in good standing may request materials through ILL. Failure to return interlibrary loan materials on time may result in the suspension of a patron's interlibrary loan privileges.

Patrons are limited to five pending requests at one time. This limit allows ILL staff to provide timely service to all Interlibrary Loan patrons.

Staff will request materials that are not owned by Bloomingdale Public Library or not available from another library in LINC. We can request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, and photocopies of journal articles. We will generally not be able to obtain the following types of materials:

  • materials owned by Bloomingdale Public Library
  • entire issues of magazines
  • materials published within the last six months
  • very old books (published before the mid-nineteenth century) and some genealogical materials

Patrons may submit requests at the Reference Desk, by phone, email, or by using WorldCat. Patrons must supply address, phone number, and library card number.

Interlibrary loan is generally provided free of charge. On occasion, lending libraries charge a fee and in these cases the patron will have the option to borrow the item and pay the fee. Patrons must approve such charges before the item is borrowed. Overdue fines are charged according the fine policy of the Bloomingdale Public Library. However, lost items are billed according to the policy of the lending library. Patrons should specify if they are willing to pay any costs to obtain the items at the time of the interlibrary loan request.

Due dates are made by the library that sends the materials. Materials must be returned by the due date given by the lending library regardless of when the material is picked up by the patron.

Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library and they must be consulted before a renewal is granted. Renewals must be requested before the item is due. Interlibrary loans may only be renewed once. Patrons may not repeatedly request an item, or have another family member request it for them, in an effort to circumvent the standard interlibrary loan period plus renewal. Therefore, there will be a two week wait between the time a patron returns an interlibrary loan item and the time the patron or any member of his/her household requests the same item again.

Service will be provided as quickly as possible. Turnaround time varies depending upon the lending library and the material requested. Patrons will be notified by phone or email when their requested materials are available.