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Borrow from another library

Our library is connected to other libraries throughout the state and nation. If you can't find an item in this library, ask library staff to help you get it from another library.

  • The request may be made on-line, over the phone, or in person but you must sign a ILL request form when you visit the library upon picking up your item
     
  • There is no fee from this library- but individual lending libraries may charge for certain materials
  • Materials may be kept as long as the lending library will allow
  • If we borrow materials for you and you don't pick them up, you will lose the priveledge of having this service
  • The only restrictions that we have on requests is that you may not borrow anything that is a new release or copyrighted the current year.
  • This is a wonderful program that we participate in.  Libraries borrow books and other materials from each other using the SILO interlibrary loan system. Requests are handled electronically, which means people get the materials they need much more quickly. Even the smallest library is able to both borrow and provide materials to other libraries.

If an item you want is not available at the Melbourne Public Library, library staff can Interlibrary Loan the item for you, i.e. obtain the item from another library.  You will need to come to the library with the title, author, and publication information for the book or article, and speak with a librarian.  The length of time it will take to obtain the item varies, but this process could take up to 2 weeks, so please plan ahead if you require this service.  Patrons may put a limit on the charges they are willing to pay for interlibrary loans - incase the borrowing library has any fees for certain materials.  Patrons must use their "home" library for interlibrary loans.