Services: Interlibrary Loans


Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which Spokane Public Library requests materials from, or supplies materials to, libraries outside of our library system.  The Library provides interlibrary loan service in order to enhance and extend the resources available to its users. Because the Library cannot purchase or subscribe to every useful resource, Interlibrary Loan is an essential part of its mission to meet the informational needs of the community.


Who Can Borrow?
What Can I Borrow?
What Am I Unable to Request?
How Many Items Can I Request?

Request Your Item

How Long Will It Take?

Are There Charges to Borrow?

Do I Have to Pick Up the Item Downtown?

How Do I Find Out When the Item Arrives?

How Long Can I Keep an Interlibrary Loan?

Will I Find Out If You Cannot Locate an Item?

What Does Our Library Lend to Other Libraries?


Who Can Borrow?

Library card holders who reside within the city limits of Spokane and people who own businesses within the city of Spokane, if they have a business library card. In order to process a request ALL of the following must apply:

Non-resident cardholders should contact their home library system for Interlibrary Loan Service.

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What Can I Borrow?

The owning library will make the decision as to whether or not they will lend the material.  You can find book information and check owning library locations by searching WorldCat. Customers may only request the same title twice per calendar year.

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 What Am I Unable to Request?

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How Many Items Can I Request?

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Request Your Item

Material Request Form - use this form to request books, books on CD, Genealogy research, magazine or journal articles, or newspaper microfilm. Be sure to check the box for ILL Request.

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How Long Will It Take?

Interlibrary Loan items are borrowed from across the United States and Canada. It can take 4-6 weeks to receive an item.

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Are There Charges to Borrow?

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Do I Have to Pick Up the Item Downtown?

You can request and pick-up items at your nearest Spokane Public library branch.

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How Do I Find Out When the Item Arrives?

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How Long Can I Keep an Interlibrary Loan? 

Interlibrary loan materials will check out for a maximum of three weeks from the day you pick up the book. Because Spokane Public Library does not own items borrowed using the Interlibrary Loan system, renewals are not allowed.

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Will I Find Out If You Cannot Locate an Item?

The Interlibrary Loan department will let you know by placing a block on the library card used to request the item if we are unable to borrow the item you requested.

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What Does Our Library Lend to Other Libraries?

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