Interlibrary Loan

Requesting Materials

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is Billings Public Library borrowing a book, a microfilm or requesting a photocopy of a specific magazine article from another library for a valid Billings Public Library cardholder. Any charges for interlibrary loan service assessed by the lending library are the responsibility of the cardholder.

What you should know about Billings Public Library's interlibrary loan service:
  • An individual cardholder may submit up to five interlibrary loan requests per month.
  • Interlibrary loan materials are not eligible for renewal.
  • The Library will try a maximum of three known library locations to fill a request.
  • An interlibrary loan request will remain active a maximum of 60 days from the date of first transmission.
  • Patrons who do not pick up their interlibrary loans will receive a warning letter the first time and will be assessed a $9 fine each time thereafter. To avoid the penalty, cardholders are encouraged to alert the Library immediately if they no longer need an item they've requested for loan.
  • A cardholder may submit a borrowing request for a particular title only once in a six-month period.
  • In order to be eligible for this service, cardholders' accounts must be clear of any charges.
  • Due dates for interlibrary loan items are set by the library owning the item, and no renewals are available. Overdue charges for interlibrary loan items are $.50 per day, up to a maximum of $10 per item. Cardholders will be assessed any charges for lost or damaged materials imposed by lending libraries.
  • Interlibrary loan materials will be picked up from the second floor Help Desk and patrons will return their borrowed items to the librarian at the same desk.
Please read the Library's policy on ILL for additional information.

Libraries wishing to borrow Billings Public Library materials may read our Interlibrary Loan - Lending information