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What is Interlibrary
Through the Interlibrary Loan service, the Duluth Public Library can get materials for users that the Library doesn't have in its own collection.
How do I
make an Interlibrary Loan request?
You can make an interlibrary loan request in person at any of the service desks in the Main Library (Reference and Information Services, Popular Library, Youth Services), in person at the Mt. Royal or West Duluth Branch Libraries, by calling the Library at 730-4200/option 5, or by submitting a request online through the MnLink Gateway.
am I to get what I request?
About 85% of requests are filled. Items that are sent through the interlibrary loan system include books, videos, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, photocopies of articles and newspapers on microfilm.
I get through Interlibrary Loan?
Libraries almost never lend whole issues of magazines, high-use reference materials, new bestsellers or computer software. Photocopies may be requested, however, from items that are not lent. Ebooks a eReaders are not available through interlibrary loan. DVDs of new or popular movies and TV series are not available for interlibrary loan, as they are in high demand at their owning libraries.
How much does it cost?
Interlibrary loan service is almost always free. In the unusual event that there could be a charge, the Library will contact you before proceeding to allow you to set the maximum charge you are willing to pay. As with Duluth Public Library materials, you are responsible for fines on overdue items and replacement costs for lost or damaged materials.
will it take?
Most requests, including requests for specific information, are filled within 30 days; many within 2 weeks or less. Under some circumstances, photocopies can be obtained within 24 hours. Materials that are hard to find, in high demand, or held by only a few libraries may take much longer.
How can I
check on the status of my request?
You can follow the progress of most of your interlibrary loan requests on the MnLink Gateway. If you do not have a computer or can't find your request in your account on MnLINK, you can call the Interlibrary Loan Office at 730-4228. After business hours (weekdays, 10:00-5:30), you can leave a message. If your request is less than a month old, however, it is most likely "in process" (waiting for potential lending libraries to reply).
What happens when my interlibrary loan book or photocopy comes in?
When your material arrives, you will be notified about through the Library's automated notification system - by phone, email or mail - whichever notification option you have selected. Once you have been notified, the item you requested is held at the checkout desk for up to two weeks, at whichever library location you specified.
How long can I keep my interlibrary loan book or photocopy?
LOANS: Loan periods for most items are the same as if they were owned by the Duluth Public Library: 4 weeks for most books and CDs, 2 weeks for DVDs. In some rare cases, loan periods may be shorter. It is to your advantage to pick up your materials promptly because they will not be renewed. Items received via interlibrary loan must be returned to the Duluth Public Library.
PHOTOCOPIES: If a library sends photocopies to fill your request, you may keep them.
Can I renew
my interlibrary loan book?
What are the restrictions on these services?
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