Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan lets one library borrow a book, article, or other item from another library.

Who can ask us to borrow books for them?

Through ILL, we borrow items for state agency employees looking for work-related materials. Members of the general public who want to borrow our materials should ask about ILL at their local public library.

I'm a state agency employee.

How do I request an item?

Use this online form or fax this print form to (919) 733-5679.

How much does it cost?

We try and find a free lender first. If the lending library charges a fee, we'll ask you before we try to borrow it. Patrons are responsible for replacement costs if the item is damaged or lost in transit.

What can you get for me?

Whatever the lending library is willing to send. This includes books, copies of articles, and microfilm.

How long does it take?

We normally process requests within one business day.  It may take from two to six weeks to receive a response from the lending library. You'll be contacted within one business day of the arrival of the material.

Where do I pick up my item?

You can pick them up at our library. Copies are scanned and emailed to you.

I want to borrow through my public library.

Do you loan out your books or microfilm through ILL?

Here's what we loan, and to whom:

Type of Item Who can Request through ILL
General Collection All libraries
Government & History Collection North Carolina libraries
Genealogy Collection Books Do not circulate*
Newspapers on Microfilm United States and Canadian libraries
Genealogy Microfilm North Carolina libraries
Copies of Journal Articles All libraries
* Limited photocopying is available. Contact us.

What is your OCLC symbol?

The OCLC symbol for the State Library is NCS.

More questions?

Contact us and ask for Interlibrary Loan.

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


This form is for North Carolina state agency employees. Requests must be work-related.

ILL librarians, please use OCLC or the ALA form (pdf, print and fax to 919-733-5679).

All others, contact your local public library for help with interlibrary loan.