2.05 Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policy

Due to limited budget and shelving space, the Coralville Public Library does not own all materials that are requested by our patrons. Interlibrary loan (ILL) is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of our collection.

  1. A patron must be a resident of Coralville, rural Johnson County, or a contracting city to be eligible for ILL service. Patrons from towns with libraries (Open Access patrons) must use their home library for interlibrary loans.
  2. The Coralville Public Library does not charge patrons to use the ILL service. If the loaning library charges the Coralville Public Library to send out the material, that charge will be passed on to the patron. The patron will be notified of the charge before the material is borrowed.
  3. Interlibrary loan materials are circulated for two weeks, and may not be renewed. On rare occasions, the Coralville Public Library may receive permission from the loaning library to extend a due date. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the ILL Clerk.
  4. A patron may have only three active ILL requests at one time.
  5. Books published within the last six months are not eligible for interlibrary loan. Those books will be considered for purchase by the library's selectors.
  6. A patron must wait one month to re-request a specific title through interlibrary loan.
  7. Interlibrary loan privileges may be suspended if:
    • a patron habitually requests titles and does not pick them up;
    • materials are misused; or
    • materials are returned late.

Adopted: August 5, 1998
Revised: January 2006
Reviewed: May 2009