Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service to provide materials that are unavailable in the Ouachita Parish Public Library system. Eligible patrons can use ILL to borrow materials from other libraries. Items that can be borrowed include books, magazines, audio-visual materials, and photocopied articles, pamphlets, etc. Most items are loaned without charge.
Patrons must have an active OPPL library card in good standing. The card must have an adult status (17 years or older) and be in the name of the patron requesting the material. Trailblazer patrons and patrons who live outside the parish are not eligible to use the ILL service. These patrons may initiate ILL requests through their home parish library's ILL service.
Request forms are located at the Reference Desk of all OPPL's branches. These can be filled out and returned to reference staff. A patron may request up to five items at a time. The patron or staff should verify that the system does not have the materials before submitting the request.
When submitting a magazine/journal article request the patron must give all of the necessary information such as name of magazine, name of article, the date of magazine (or volume and number) and the pages of the article. Charges are usually incurred for articles copied by another library. Fees up to $5.00 an article can be charged. These fees are charged by the lending library not OPPL.
Materials Available to Borrow
Materials borrowed are books, magazines, DVDs, or copied articles (see application), copied files of vertical file material. New material (6 months or newer) is hard to borrow and is usually not loaned therefore ILL requests cannot be taken for new items.
Materials not borrowed by OPPL include genealogy and reference materials. Genealogy and reference material can be photocopied with fees when the patron can provide full bibliographic information (title, date, page numbers).
Time Period and Notification
It takes approximately one week to two weeks for in-state material to arrive. Out-of-state or hard to obtain material can take longer (over two weeks). The ILL or reference staff will notify the patron by phone when the materials are in and are available to be checked out. If the patron has not been contacted about materials after two weeks, please contact the ILL dept to inquire on the status of the request.
Condition of Loan
The lending library specifies the length of time materials can be kept, usually two weeks.
ILL materials cannot be renewed.
Some exceptions may apply to the loan. "In-house use only" material cannot be checked out and must be used in the library only. These items are usually textbooks, reference type books, film, or expensive multi volume material.
Some materials require a deposit before the item is allowed to be checked out. These items are expensive ($60.00 value or more) and this deposit ensures the material will be returned to the lending library.
An ILL request is available at the Reference Desk of any of the branches including the Main branch where the department is located.