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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. Please fill out the following form for requests.


Frequently asked questions about ILL:

How do I make an Interlibrary Loan request?

Fill out the online form above.

Visit the Library's Adult or Youth Service Desks.

Email your request to ILL@PPLonline.org

Call the library at 620-231-8110.


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?

We can usually get items in 10 days to two weeks but keep in mind that it may take up to 3-4 weeks.  Staff cannot guarantee when an item will arrival.

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?

Usually not.  If circumstances require you to request an extension, please allow us enough time to contact the lending library (at least three days).  If the item can be renewed, we will notify you of the new due date (and keep in mind it may not be an additional two weeks). 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. The cost of damage to materials beyond reasonable wear or the loss of materials will be determined by the lending library and 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