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Interlibrary Loan

All Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials will be available for pick-up and return only at the Ask-a-Librarian desk at  Central Library.  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials may NOT be returned in any book drop.


Interlibrary Loan  is a way to request books, microfilm, articles and other material not owned by Arlington Public Library. The service is available to Arlington County residents with current library cards in good standing. It is not available to card holders residing in other jurisdictions.

What does it cost?

In order to cover the cost of shipping and/or printing the following fees apply:

  • $3.00 for books
  • $5.00 for all non-print material
  • $.15 per page for photocopies *
  • There may be additional fees of $10 – $30 assessed by lending libraries

* Some libraries will provide electronic copies. If their lending policies allow for it, we are happy to pass the electronic format on to our patrons at no charge. Unfortunately, since the option of providing electronic or photocopies depends on the lender, we cannot guarantee copies in electronic format. Photocopies are $.15 per page.

What can you request?

Requests may be made for any items not owned by Arlington Public Library with the following exceptions:

  • No TV series or feature films
  • No Music CDs
  • No items published or released within the past 6 months to one year. Please instead submit a suggestion for the collection.
  • No Playaways, downloadable audiobooks or eBooks
  • Lending libraries will also generally restrict loans of textbooks, genealogy material and reference books

How does it work?

  • Submit an online Interlibrary Loan Request Form for each title. Please include any information about the title from citations, websites, etc
  • We can process up to 10 active requests per patron
  • Requests will usually take 3-6 weeks to fill
  • The ILL staff will contact you when your request arrives for pick-up.
  • The transaction fee will be written to your library card and the item will be added to your account.
  • Patrons are responsible for items and due dates on their account and should let staff know if they no longer need their interlibrary loan.
  • Please note: Materials acquired through Interlibrary Loan cannot be renewed.