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Interlibrary Loan can help with the book you can’t find!

Updated July 2021

BCPL’s collection covers a wide range of interests, topics and needs, but occasionally, we don’t own what you are looking for. BCPL is dedicated to always giving our best effort to help customers find the information or item they need.

If we don’t own a title you are searching for, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can help you find it. ILL allows us to borrow books, music, DVDs, microfilm articles and even photocopies from other libraries across the country and occasionally even outside of the United States.

The ILL service is free to Boone County residents who are 18+ and have a library card in good standing. It’s easy to request a book through ILL. Follow these simple steps to get started:

BCPL will request the item from another library system (or maybe even purchase it for BCPL’s collection!) You will be notified when the item arrives as well as if we are not able to obtain the item. The ILL process can take up to six weeks from the date a request is submitted.

In addition to using ILL to borrow books and other items, we also use it to lend books to other libraries across the United States.

Happy reading!

Jennifer Cheek is the Public Relations Specialist at Boone County Public Library. A graduate from MSJ University focusing on Marketing/Communications and English, she previously worked in Advertising/Media Buying and still continues as a freelancer.

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