What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Definition provided by ALA (American Library Association)

Interlibrary loan is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library.  "material" includes books, audiovisual materials, and other returnable items as well as copies of journal articles, book chapters, excerpts, and other non-returnable items.


The purpose of interlibrary loan as defined by this code is to obtain, upon request of a library user, material not available in the user's local library.  Interlibrary loan is primarily intended to provide a requesting individual with a physical loan of a defined duration or a non-returnable copy or scan from another library.

The Palos Park Public Library is part of a family of 78 libraries. There will be occasions where none of the libraries own the requested item. Inter Library Loan (ILL) is a service most libraries in the world are part of, including the Palos Park Public Library. The benefit is the possibility of receiving your item at no cost

(in-state requests only). We do however charge for out-of-state requests. Delivery times are not guaranteed, and it solely depends on the loaning library. Please see the Head of Circulation for further details.