Interlibrary Loan

Request an Interlibrary Loan

Scotch Plains Public Library Interlibrary Loan Procedures

1. Who may request Interlibrary Loans?

  • Any Scotch Plains resident with an up-to-date Scotch Plains Library card may request an interlibrary loan.
  • Out-of-town residents must place interlibrary loan requests through their home libraries.

2. Loan Period/Renewals/Recalls/Charges

DVDs and VHS tapes circulate for one (1) week only, with no renewals. All other materials may circulate for two (2) weeks. If (non-film) items are returned on time, a one (1) week renewal can usually be granted within our system. If a patron insists on a two-week renewal, we will make the request via JerseyCat, with the understanding that such requests are often denied and items are then recalled for immediate return. If denied, the patron must return the item immediately, losing the option for a one (1) week renewal.

Interlibrary loans may be recalled at any time.

All ILL videos will be charged $1.00 per week.

3. New Books:

The library will decline interlibrary loan requests for items published within fewer than six (6) months of the request. This is because libraries usually do not lend such new items via ILL.

4. ILL Limit

  • Patrons may have up to five (5) items in process at any time (checked out/requested/sent to us).
  • Items that patrons borrow in person from other MURAL libraries do NOT count towards this total.

5. Unavailable Items

Some items may be unavailable through interlibrary loan. Scotch Plains Public Library will decline an interlibrary loan request if the item is in our shared collection (Fanwood & Scotch Plains), even if it is checked out or on hold. Exceptions will be made for lost or missing items.

Items that have been borrowed and returned may not be requested again within a six (6) month period.

6. Overdue Interlibrary Loans

Patrons with overdue interlibrary loan items will be notified by phone. If the item(s) remains outstanding, a notification letter will be sent. If the item is returned within ten (10) days of the mailing, the patron will be charged our customary overdue fines. If the item is not returned within ten (10) days of the mailing, the patron’s account will be billed for the cost of replacing the item(s), with a minimum charge of $25.00 per item.

Interlibrary loan is a costly and time consuming process.
We urge patrons to use their MURAL borrowing privileges to pick up books in person at participating MURAL libraries whenever practicable. Librarians will help locate likely sources for them.
Interlibrary loan should be reserved for non-local and hard-to-find items.