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Interlibrary Loan
 
The Midland County Public Libraries (MCPL) provide an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service which allows patrons to borrow materials from participating libraries throughout Texas and the United States.
 
 
 
Borrowing
Who is eligible to request through the Interlibrary Loan service?
The ILL service is available to patrons with a current MCPL library card in good standing.  The service is not available to patrons with temporary cards.  Patrons under the age of 18 will need to use a parent’s or guardian’s library card when submitting requests.
 
Does it cost to use the Interlibrary Loan service?
MCPL does not charge for the use of the ILL service.  Possible charges that can incur are return postage or a lending library fee.  Patrons must agree to these charge prior to ordering.
 
What can be borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan service?
Books, DVDs, audiobooks and photocopies can be requested.  Some microfilm may be available, depending on a lending library’s policy.
 
What cannot be borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan service?
Materials currently owned by MCPL may not be requested through ILL, including reference (non-circulating) items.  If our copy of an item is lost or missing, then it may be requested. 
eBooks and eAudiobooks cannot be borrowed through ILL.
 
How can an Interlibrary Loan request be submitted?
Patrons can submit a request by using the online form.  Request forms are also available at any department at both library locations (Downtown or Centennial Library).  Patrons are limited to submit 5 requests per week.
 
How long will it take to receive an Interlibrary Loan request?
It may take 2-3 weeks to receive a request, depending on the availability of the material being requested.  Some requests may take longer to obtain. 
 
What is the checkout period for Interlibrary Loan materials?
The lending period for requested items depends upon the length of time allowed by the lending library and can vary from a week to several weeks.
Patrons may request a renewal on an ILL item with the exception of DVDs.  Renewals must be requested prior to the due date or overdue fines will incur.  Renewals are dependent upon the lending library; therefore, they are not guaranteed to be granted.
Any patron’s abuse of the agreed terms of borrowing items may result in MCPL denying that patron’s future use of the ILL service.
 
How are patrons notified when Interlibrary Loan materials are available?
Once an ILL item is received and processed, patrons will be notified in the same manner as their MCPL holds.
 
What happens if an Interlibrary Loan item is not returned, lost, or damaged?
The patron is responsible for all fees/fines which are incurred during check-out and if the item is lost or damaged.  The lending library determines replacement costs and fees.
The patron’s library card account will be restricted until all fees/fines are paid.
 
Lending
What materials can be loaned?
Midland County Public Libraries (MCPL) will loan books that are available for check-out and have no holds on them.
 
What materials cannot be loaned?
MCPL will not loan the following:
·         Audio visual materials (DVDs and audiobooks)
·         Reference materials
·         Items added to our collection in the last 6 months
·         Newspapers
·         Microfilm
·         eBooks or eAudiobooks
·         Items in our Genealogy collection—photocopies can be provided
·         Items in our Petroleum collection—photocopies can be provided
**MCPL will photocopy up to 50 pages free of charge.
 
What fees are charged for loans?
There are not any fees for borrowing our materials.  If an item is lost or damaged, we will charge a replacement fee.
 
How long are items loaned?
The lending period is 4 weeks.  One 2 week renewal may be given if requested prior to an item’s due date. 
To contact the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department, you may call 432-688-4337 or email.