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Interlibrary Loan Service

Thank you for using the Interlibrary Loan service. You may request up to five Interlibrary Loan items and have up to five Interlibrary Loan items checked out at one time. You may also request a copy of a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper article within copyright restrictions. We cannot borrow books that we already own, newly published books, music CDs, DVDs/Blu-rays, audiobooks, eBooks, eAudiobooks, Internet resources, kits, or passes. The Library does not borrow materials published in the current calendar year or previous calendar year.

All costs associated with Interlibrary Loan are paid by FCPL, except if the lending library requires additional charges. If so, FCPL will contact the patron and ask if the patron would like to pay the charges or cancel the ILL request. When a patron agrees to pay the additional charge to borrow an item, the charge will be added to the patron’s record regardless of whether or not they check out the item. Patrons must be in good standing at the time of the ILL request. Patrons are asked to pay the cost of borrowing census microfilm for states other than Georgia.

The library FCPL borrows from controls the loan conditions, including the time period and renewal option of the loan. Lending libraries may require that some materials be designated as in-library use only. 

Please return your Interlibrary Loan items to the Ask Us desk inside the Library.  Please do not return Interlibrary Loan items using the book returns or outdoor book drops.

FCPL patrons will be assessed overdue fees for late ILL items. If an ILL item is 21 days overdue, FCPL contacts the lending library to obtain the total replacement cost, including additional fees, which is then applied to the FCPL patron's account.

Please note that many of the items requested for Interlibrary Loan are difficult to replace. FCPL patrons will be charged for lost or damaged materials, and these charges are assessed according to the lending library's policies and rules. Many lending libraries charge additional fees which can add significantly to the total replacement cost.

Fees for lost or damaged ILL materials contribute to the total amount of fines and fees on a FCPL patron’s account. A patron’s account may be referred to a collection agency with an additional processing fee charged to the account. Refunds will not be issued after the patron has paid the replacement cost. FCPL does not accept replacement copies of damaged or lost items in lieu of paying the replacement costs. Forsyth County Public Library cannot waive fees from other lending libraries.

Placing an ILL Request

  • Go to the library catalog
  • Search the catalog for the item you wish to request to verify that it is not owned by the library
  • If the item is not in the catalog, in the 'Using:' field dropdown box, change the PAC option to World Cat option
  • Click the magnifying glass icon to repeat the search
  • If the item is found, click on "Place Request"
  • Enter your library card barcode and PIN and then click "Login"
  • Select the correct pickup library and then click "Submit Request"