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Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
218-730-4200

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Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing materials from other libraries

Please confirm that Duluth Public Library does not own a title by searching the library catalog by author, title, or keyword.

If the library does not own the item, we will try to borrow it for you through interlibrary loan. 

You can place an interlibrary loan request for older materials:

  • online through the MnLINK system
  • over the phone by calling 218-730-4200
  • or in person at any library service desk


Recently published materials may not be borrowed through interlibrary loan. For new materials, please fill out a Purchase Request Form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is interlibrary loan?              How can I check on the status of my request?
How likely am I to get what I request?
What happens when my interlibrary loan materials come in?
What can't I get through interlibrary loan?
How long can I keep my interlibrary loan materials?
How much does it cost?
Can I renew my interlibrary loan materials?
How long will it take?
What are the restrictions on these services?



What is interlibrary loan?

Through the interlibrary loan service, the Duluth Public Library can get materials for users that the library doesn't own.



How likely am I to get what I request?

About 85% of requests are filled. 



What can't I get through interlibrary loan?

Libraries do not lend DVDs of new or popular movies and TV shows, new bestselling books, eBooks or eReaders, computer software, or entire issues of magazines.



How much does it cost?

Almost always free, but in rare cases there may be a charge. If this is the case the library will contact you before proceeding. You are responsible for fines on overdue items and replacement costs for lost or damaged materials.



How long will it take?

Most requests are filled in 2-4 weeks. Materials that are in high demand, hard to find, or owned by only a few libraries may take longer.



How can I check the status of my request?

You can either look on MnLINK or call the Interlibrary Loan Office at 218-730-4228.



What happens when my interlibrary loan materials come in?

You will be notified by phone or email. One you are notified, the materials will be held at the circulation desk of your chosen library.



How long can I keep my interlibrary loan materials?

Loan periods for most items are the same as if they were owned by Duluth Public Library: 4 weeks for books and CDs, 2 weeks for DVDs. In some cases loan periods may be shortened. It is in your best interest to pick up your materials promptly. 



Can I renew my interlibrary loan materials?

No.



What are the restrictions on these services?

  • If the Duluth Public Library owns or has ordered the item you want, it cannot be requested through interlibrary loan
  • You may have up to 8 active requests at one time
  • Your card cannot be expired and you cannot owe more than $5 in fines, fees or other charges
  • Students should request course materials through their school library
  • Copyright restrictions may apply to some photocopy requests

 

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