Answered By: Reference Staff
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2016     Views: 1697

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The Sonoma County Library Interlibrary Loan Department has a reciprocal lending relationship with public and academic libraries throughout the United States using OCLC's Worldcat. Loaning material for other libraries depends solely on the owning institutions policies and guidelines for lending. The Sonoma County Library will make an attempt to loan materials for you EXCEPT fiction and non-fiction VHS and DVD formats.

FEES & LIMITS:

We try our best to get all interlibrary loan items loaned for free. There is a possible $10 charge for books and a possible $20 fee for periodicals. By submitting the online form for a book or hardcopy form for a periodical, you are agreeing to the above terms. We will not know how much the charge will be until the item arrives and the cost is charged to your library card. It can take 4-6 weeks to complete an ILL request, and you may have a maximum of three items requested at any one time. If we are unable to obtain the title you will be notified and you will not be charged for the search.

HOW TO REQUEST:

We can take requests from Sonoma County Library card holders only. How to get a library card

Books:

 How to request a title from Worldcat
 1. With a valid Sonoma County library card
 2. From our online catalog click on the link Books from Other Libraries on the right side of the page under Want Something Else?
 3. Search for the book you want
 4. Click on the book title
 5. Click on the button that says "Request Item"
 6. Fill out the form - by submitting the form online you are agreeing to a possible $10 fee

Periodicals:

1. With a valid Sonoma County library card
2. Come in person to any Sonoma County Library branch. This is currently an in-person service only.
3. Request a periodical interlibrary loan form from a librarian at the Reference Desk, complete it with all pertinent information and sign your agreement to pay up to $20.00 in charges. Return the form to the librarian.