Interlibrary Loan

Are you looking for an item that the library does not own?

Interlibrary loan is the process of borrowing books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other materials from libraries across the United States for checkout by our patrons. Anyone with a Kilgore Memorial Library card with less than $5 in fines can request a material through interlibrary loan. The patron is required to pay $2.50 for every material that is loaned ($5.00 for book club kits or other items requiring additional postage) to our library to cover one-way postage costs. The waiting time for a material to arrive at our library depends on location of the nearest libraries that own the item and the availability of that item at that library. When a material is shipped to our library, the lending period is generally 3-4 weeks, but is subject to the lending library. Once a material is checked out to our patron, that person is responsible for possible fines such as those accrued for being late or losing the item.

When requesting an item, keep in mind that some items may be more difficult to loan than others. Many libraries do not loan materials that have been newly published. In addition, rare historical and genealogical items are often denied or require restricted access. For example, some libraries require that certain materials be used in the library only rather than allowing checkout for use at home.

If you have an interlibrary loan request, contact the library. There are several ways to request an item:

  • Staff at the front desk will happily assist you with your request if you come into the library.
  • Call the library at 402-363-2620 to request a material over the phone.
  • If you are comfortable logging into your account through our library catalog, click “My Account” and request that the library loan an item for you. If you choose this option, make sure that your contact information is correct so that the library can notify you.

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