What is an Interlibrary Loan?

An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a request made for you to other libraries around the country, and occasionally from other countries when the item you want is not owned by the Tulare Public Library or another library of the San Joaquin Valley Library System.

This service is available to customers with a currently active library card from the San Joaquin Valley Library System.

How much does it cost?

This service is free of charge at the Tulare Public Library but the lending library may charge a fee. We borrow from a library that charges only if you authorize us to do so and always try to request materials from libraries that don't charge fees. In addition, we do ask that you paid your postage back for the item requested. Fees are due and payable when you pick up the materials.

What types of materials can be requested?

A wide range of materials are available through ILL. Some materials are more difficult to obtain because other libraries may not loan, including reference items, original or rare materials, newspapers in original format (although these may be available on microfilm), DVDs, and videocassettes.

Newer items (i.e., published within the last twelve months) are not available through ILL but you may recommend their addition to the Tulare Public Library collection.

How long will it take to receive the request?

Please allow a minimum of three weeks for material acquisition. Please be patient and understand that the steps required in completing an ILL include; locating a library who owns the item and is willing to lend it, and whether the requested item is checked out to another patron. Once your request becomes available for pick-up at the Tulare Public Library, you will be notified by telephone or email.

How long can an Interlibrary Loan item be kept?

The lending library determines the length of the loan. Some libraries allow a renewal. If renewal isn't possible, we can try to borrow the item from another library. Some libraries may restrict the use of their material to an inside library-use only.

For more information or to request materials

For more information or to request materials contact:
Tulare Public Library, Research & Information Department
559-685-4503 or, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.