Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If you're unable to find an item that you're looking for in the library catalog by author, title, or keyword, you may be able to borrow the item from other libraries. We are able to offer this service for tangible items only. We are unable to borrow digital materials through ILL.
ILL requests for older items can be made using the MNLINK System. Requests can also be placed over the phone by calling 218-730-4206.
If your item was published recently, please fill out a purchase request form using the button below. New materials may not be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Interlibrary Loan, often referred to as "ILL" allows a library to borrow materials that are not in their collection from other libraries for patrons. In the case of Duluth Public Library, these materials are tangible, but we cannot borrow digital materials.
About 85% of requests are filled.
Newly released DVDs, newly published books, ebooks and digital movies, eReaders, computer software, or entire issues of magazines are unavailable.
There is no fee for this service. However,
- There is a placeholder of $30 for the replacement cost of a lost Interlibrary Loan item until a final cost is sent from lending library.
- Your actual charge may be more or less than $30. Items from University of Minnesota Libraries have a set replacement cost of $115.
- Please note, once Duluth Public Library has paid for an ILL item marked "Lost", there are no refunds or waivers for the replacement costs.
Most requests are filled within 2 weeks. Materials that are in high demand, hard to find, or owned by only a few libraries may take longer.
You will be notified by phone or email. Once you are notified, the materials will be held at the circulation desk of your chosen library branch.
Loan periods for most items are the same as if they were owned by Duluth Public Library: 4 weeks for books and CDs, 2 weeks for DVDs. In some cases, loan periods may be shortened. It is in your best interest to pick up your materials promptly.
Usually, no. If you need an item for longer than the loan period, the best approach is to return the item on time and place a new request. If that's not a workable solution, we can request a renewal from the lending library, but it requires a few days’ notice, and many libraries simply do not renew ILL materials.
- If the Duluth Public Library owns or has ordered the item you want, it cannot be requested through interlibrary loan
- You may have up to 10 active requests per card at one time (this includes book groups and classes)
- Your card cannot be expired and you cannot owe more than $5 in fees or other charges
- Patrons with Easy Access Cards are not eligible for interlibrary loan services
- Students should request course materials through their school library
- Copyright restrictions may apply to some photocopy requests