Interlibrary Loan Request Form

What is it?
Interlibrary loan is a cooperative service offered to registered patrons of the St. Clair County Library that allows you to borrow materials from other library systems. If you are not a registered patron, you may call or visit the Main Library or any of our branches for information on how to register. You may submit interlibrary loan requests at any branch of the St. Clair County Library. You can also submit interlibrary loan requests online via our online interlibrary loan request form.

Note: Before requesting materials via Interlibrary Loan please check our Online Catalog many requests can fulfilled within the St. Clair County Library System. If you do not find the item that you are looking for in our catalog then please continue with the Interlibrary Loan process.

What can I borrow?
Interlibrary loan facilitates access to book titles that we do not have in our system. You can also request specific articles from magazines or journals if we don't subscribe to that particular periodical. Information on microfilm is also available. It is not possible, however, to borrow audiovisual materials (sound recordings, DVDs, videocassettes, CD-ROMs, etc.) through interlibrary loan because of the sensitivity and cost of magnetic media.

Where do the materials come from?
We fill the majority of interlibrary loan requests through MelCat, a library cooperative encompassing dozens of libraries throughout the state of Michigan. If an item is not owned by a participating MelCat library, we can extend the search to library systems throughout the country, using our “Peabody” interloan system.

How long does it take to receive the materials?
On average it takes one to two weeks to receive MelCat materials, and two to four weeks to receive materials from out of state through the “Peabody” system.

How will I know when the material arrives?
You have your choice of being notified via a telephone call, email, or postcard. Items should be picked up within 10 days of their arrival at the library.

Is there any cost?
There is no cost to borrow items through MelCat. If we are only able to locate the material at an out-of-state library, there may be a borrowing fee and/or postage cost for returning the item to the lending library. Please tell the librarian who takes your request the maximum amount you would be willing to pay to obtain the material.

How long can I keep the material(s)?
In general the MelCat loan period is three to four weeks, and items may be renewed once. The loan period and renewal policy for an out-of-state item is up to the discretion of the lending library.

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