Interlibrary Loans

Our interlibrary loan service (ILL) provides patrons with library materials not found in our collection or the collections of another library in our consortium (CCS) by having them sent to EPL for patrons to check out.

Who may request an ILL?

EPL cardholders in good standing.

What can be requested?

Patrons may request books, audiovisual materials, or newspaper microfilm reels. Patrons are limited to 5 interlibrary loan requests in process at any time (meaning either on order or having been received and checked out.)

What can’t be requested?

  • Anything owned by an EPL branch or a CCS library, even if it’s checked out.
  • New items published within the past year.

For these items, patrons may fill out a Request for purchase form .

How do I request an ILL?

Fill out the online ILL form, or call (847) 448-8620.  Other materials such as census microfilms and magazine article photocopies may be requested at the Reference desk, by telephone: (847) 448-8630, or via the article request form.

How much does this cost?

We make every effort to obtain materials for no additional fees. However, some libraries charge a lenders fee (costs may vary) and Evanston Public Library must pass on these fees to the requesting patron.

How long will it take?

The time frame for obtaining interlibrary loan items varies depending upon availability, shipping, and distance of the lending library.

How long can I keep an ILL book?

Loan periods are determined by the lending library. There are no renewals.



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