INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
A way to share resources among all the libraries in Texas.
Want a book or movie that we don't have here? You might be able to get it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
We have a written ILL policy we'll be happy to share with you if you'd like to see it, but here are the basic requirements:
Adult patron in good standing -- that means you have established a
history with us over a period of time (minimum of six months and 10
checkouts) and you aren't in a Restricted (overdue items / unpaid
fines) or Inactive (moved away and we don't know how to reach you)
status. This also means juvenile patrons can't use this service on
their own record.
Willing to pay the cost of postage to return the item to the lending
library -- we won't know how much it is until we actually receive the
item, but it's usually no more than $3.00. You can pay us when you pick
up the book or when you return it, but failure to pay it will place you
in Restricted status.
Limited checkout period -- due within 3-5 weeks, usually no renewals are allowed.
Contact us to learn how you can take advantage of this service.
By the way, we also lend library materials to patrons from other
libraries across the state. Just returning the favor, you know...We
joined this TexasGroup ILL effort in late 2009, spent 2010 getting our
system upgraded and learning how to be lenders as well as borrowers,
and all our materials are now listed with WorldCat. You can see an
example of how WorldCat serves us by going to our New Titles page and
clicking on the link that says Click Here...
Want to see if something you want is held by a library in the State of Texas and might be available for lending? Go to
Just a note: This TexasGroup ILL effort was initiated by the Texas
State Library & Archives Commission, funded by the Texas
Legislature, and any fees to support our holdings in WorldCat will
continue to be paid out of State funds for the foreseeable future.