Welcome to Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL provides materials
that are not owned by the King County Library system.
Before submitting a request
to ILL, check the KCLS catalog to make sure we don’t already own the
Interlibrary Loan FAQ
Please read the following information before completing a request form.
Who may use ILL?
You may use our Interlibrary Loan service if you have a valid King County Library card with full privileges. Patrons with a blocked card or a limited checkout or online registration status are not eligible for ILL services.
Seattle residents with reciprocal cards are not eligible to use Interlibrary Loan through the King County Library System. Please see the SPL
FAQ for more information.
- Books, unless they are published within the last 18 months
- Newspapers on Microfilm
- Photocopies of specific pages from journals and newspapers
- Photocopies of specific information from genealogy or other non-circulating materials
- Thesis and dissertations
- Government documents
- Reports and conference proceedings
- Music scores
- Books published in the last 18 months
- Audio/visual materials
- Computer software
- Items we already own, even if our copies are Reference or have holds
Are there any fees?
KCLS does not charge any fees but sometimes the lending libraries that own the item charge a lending fee. This can be $5.00 to $20.00. Please indicate how much, if any, you are willing to pay on the request form. The lending fee is payable at the time you pick up the material.
How are patrons notified?
You will receive an automated message by phone, e-mail or U. S. mail depending on which option you have chosen in your patron record. This is the same way you are notified to pick up holds. If you need to know the option you chose or would like to change your option, please contact your local library.
Where should ILL materials be returned?
Materials may be returned to any King County library branch. Please do not return to other library systems (i.e. Seattle Public, Pierce County, or Tacoma Public) even if we borrowed the material from that library.
How long may ILL materials be kept?
Generally the loan period is three weeks with no renewals. In order to keep good borrowing relations with other libraries, we ask that you read ILL materials first so we can return them on time. If you still need the material we can try to request it from a different library.
How can the status of a request be checked?
Give KCLS a call or e-mail to check on the status of your request: (425) 369-3492, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: January 9, 2013