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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Services

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is offered to Pittsburg Public Library cardholders. If you need materials that PPL doesn’t own, we will try to borrow them from another library. Requests are limited to four per patron.


Visit the Kansas Library Catalog to place your own Interlibrary Loan requests online


Instructions for Interlibrary Loan Online Requests PDF


How do I make an Interlibrary Loan request?

Online, in person, by phone, or through email.

Click here to search the catalog and place requests.

Visit the Library's Adult or Youth Service Desks.

Call the library at 620-231-8110.

Email your request to: ill@pplonline.org


What can I request?
Books, magazine articles, videos, audio books, microfilm and genealogical material, just to name a few. We’ll try to get just about anything, but there are some items libraries will not lend under any circumstances. Reference books, rare books or some titles that are less than one year old are not lendable.

How long will it take?
It usually takes two to four weeks; difficult searches may take longer.

How will I know if my request has been filled?
The library will call or email you when your item has arrived and you will have about three days to stop by and pick it up. We will always let you know if the item you requested is unavailable.

Is there a charge?
Pittsburg Public Library does not charge for this service. Most of the lending libraries also provide free ILL service.

How long may I keep an ILL item?
Interlibrary loan books usually check out for two weeks. Because loan periods are set by the lending library, this can vary. Be sure to find out the due date when you check out an item.

Can ILL items be renewed?
Maybe. It depends upon the lending library. Please request renewals at least three days before the due date so that we may contact the lending library. If the item can be renewed, we will notify you of the new due date. If it cannot be renewed, we’ll let you know that too! If a renewal request is denied, you are responsible for returning the item on the original due date to avoid overdue fines.

May I request material on a specific subject?
No. Subject requests are not possible. Interlibrary loan requests are for specific library items only.

What are the overdue charges on ILL materials?
Overdue charges on ILL items are the same as PPL items: 10 cents per day with a three day grace period. If materials are not returned within four weeks after the due date, a bill for the cost of materials will be sent to the patron. Damage to materials beyond reasonable wear or the loss of materials will be charged to the patron.

Where do I return ILL materials?
You may return ILL materials to the Pittsburg Public Library or to   either one of our convenient outdoor book drops, unless otherwise noted. Some items need to be brought inside, please check first.

Is there a limit to the number of requests I can make?
Patrons may request up to four interlibrary loan items at any one time.


Read Wikipedia's entry on the Interlibrary Loan Service