Request an Interlibrary Loan
Didn’t find what you need from our library or any of the libraries in the Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) system?
We can borrow materials from libraries all over the country for free via an Interlibrary Loan Request.
Once you've confirmed OCPL does not own the item you want, please call or visit LPL in person to complete an Interlibrary Loan Request Form with a librarian.
What Items Can I Request?
Copies of articles
Copies of patents and ERIC documents
Media - videos, books on tape, CDs, DVDs (NOTE: Media items can be difficult to obtain)
We Do Not Borrow
Material we already own, including non-circulating items, unless marked lost or withdrawn in Polaris
The same title already borrowed by the same patron within 6 months
Playaways or Wonderbooks
ebooks or eAudiobooks, or software
Whole issues of print periodicals
Multiple copies of one title e.g. books for book clubs
Materials published or released within the current calendar year
How Many Items Can I Borrow / Request At One Time?
You may have up to five active requests at one time.
Active means requested/pending, held or checked out
How Do I Request An Item?
Visit in person.
Speak with us at any public service desk about filling out an Interlibrary Loan form
Please be sure you have a valid and current OCPL card, with any fines totaling less than $5 and no lost items on your card.
Please specify which OCPL location is most convenient for pickup AND return. Interlibrary Loan items must be borrowed and returned at the same library.
How Much Does It Cost?
We do not charge a fee for this service.
We make every attempt to find materials at libraries that do not charge.
In some cases, however, materials are available only at libraries that charge.
When you fill out the request form, you may indicate whether you are willing to pay any fees imposed by the lending library for the items requested and, if so, what is the maximum dollar amount you are willing to pay.
What Are My Responsibilities?
You are responsible for returning any borrowed items by the due date listed, as well as for any charges that may result from loss of or damage to the items borrowed.
How Soon Will My Requested Items Arrive?
Items usually arrive within three to four weeks of the date of the request.
If items are needed by a certain date, please specify the date on the request form.
Loan periods start when the items are sent from the lending library, not at checkout.
How Long Can I Borrow Items?
Loan periods are determined by the lending library.
Renewals are sometimes allowed and must be requested before the due date.
What Materials Will We Lend to Other Libraries?
Copies of Articles
Videos (DVD) [availability is often limited due to local demand]
Sound recordings: CDs and audiobooks
We Do Not Lend
Blu-Rays, Playaways, Downloadable books or ebooks
Microfilm or microfiche
Local History/Genealogy materials