Inter-Library Loans

The purpose of Inter-Library Loan (ILL) is to obtain materials not available at North Palm Beach Public Library, and to provide material from North Palm Beach Public Library’s collection to other libraries. Libraries participate in ILL lending programs voluntarily, and are under no obligation to loan materials.

Inter-Library Borrowing
North Palm Beach Public Library borrows for a 3 week term from other public, university, and special libraries across the U.S. Because these materials belong to another library, special restrictions and deadlines must be adhered to by North Palm Beach Public Library patrons. This service is offered to North Palm Beach Public Library card holders in good standing. The library assumes all of the cost of this service.

Materials that will not be obtained include books owned by the library, but which are temporarily in use. Materials published within the last 12 months cannot be obtained. Service will be provided as quickly as possible. Turnaround time varies depending on the lending library. Customers will be notified by phone.

Conditions of Service
Customers may submit up to 3 ILL requests per person at 1 time. North Palm Beach Public Library’s ILL borrowing privileges are dependent upon North Palm Beach Public Library customers observing restrictions and deadlines set by the lending libraries. Abuse of ILL service may jeopardize future borrowing privileges for both North Palm Beach Public Library and its customers.

Due to the cost of an inter-library loan, inter-library loan privileges may be suspended if a customer abuses the service by not returning items on time, damages items, or fails to pick up requested items. Borrowers must pay for any fees resulting from lost, overdue, damaged or unreturned items borrowed from another library.

Inter-Library Lending
This service is offered to other libraries within the U.S. This service is not offered to libraries outside the U.S. Material which ordinarily circulates to library users may be sent out on ILL. Most items are loaned to the borrowing library for 3 weeks.

Materials not loaned include:
  • Any item published within the last 12 months
  • Bestsellers
  • DVDs
  • Genealogy
  • Music CDs
  • Periodicals
  • Reference items