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Interlibrary Loan Services

Books and other materials not owned by libraries within the Minuteman Network can often be obtained from libraries in other networks within Massachusetts and throughout the United States.

The Virtual Catalog is one means of finding materials for Interlibrary Loan requests, and is also available for patrons to search and order materials on their own. Renewals are not allowed on virtual catalog books. In most cases there is no charge for this service. Patrons should note that there is an overdue charge of $2.00 per day for any Virtual Catalog or Interlibrary loan item.

Use Interlibrary Loan (see below) to request any items you can't get through the Minuteman Network or the Virtual Catalog.

Request an Interlibrary Loan:

  • Fill out a Somerville Public Library Materials Request Form (obtained from the reference desk) and give it to the reference librarian at the reference desk OR
  • Call the library at 617-623-5000 X 2955 OR
  • Email requests using the form below.

How you will be notified:

  • E-mail (if you've given us your email address) OR
  • Telephone Message

Where you will pick up the item:

Depending on your preference, requested items will be held for you upstairs at the Reference Desk at the Central Library or the circulation desks at the branches. Requested items will be held for you at the library until they are due. Interlibrary loan materials are charged out for varying periods, determined by the owning library. Renewals are sometimes possible. Contact the interlibrary loan department as soon as you know that you need a renewal by emailing somill@minlib.net or calling 617-623-5000 x2941. Loans must be returned to the library or its branches in Somerville.

Patrons may request magazine and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan as well using the Journal Article Request Form. Articles that are five pages or less are free.  After the first five pages there is a fee of 15 cents per page.

Please note that the length of time it takes for us to receive materials owned by libraries outside the Minuteman Network varies depending on their point of origin and availability.  For more information, please call the Interlibrary Loan Department at (617) 623-5000 x2941 or email somill@minlib.net.

New!-ALERT...FEES!

Beginning Monday, August 17, 2009, we are sorry to advise that Interlibrary Loan will no longer be entirely free. Some items will incur a charge made by the lending library.

In the past these charges have been paid out of a Regional Library Services fund, but the funding for this was reduced in the Massachusetts state budget recently passed. The good news is that it appears only about 8-10% of items borrowed will have a fee.

"Interlibrary Loan" means book/materials borrowed from outside of our local Minuteman Library Network - not libraries like Cambridge, Arlington, Medford, Newton, Waltham, and other MLN system libraries. (See here for a list of MLN libraries.) These borrowings are "interchange" loans, not Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

We will not be able to tell in advance when you make a request if it will be free. We will, of course, try to borrow from a free lender first.

We will need to know in advance if you are will willing to pay for your ILL requests. Please put "free", "up to $10" or "at any cost" on your request. If you agree to a fee you will need to bring a check payable to "Wellesley Free Library" (our regional ILL library) when you pick up the item.

Interlibrary Loan Forms

Email Requests:

Please copy and paste the appropriate form below into an email and email the completed form to somill@minlib.net.

Materials Request Form for Books, VHS, DVD, CD, ETC

Author (Last, First):                                                                                 ILL = Yes

Title:

Format: (VHS, DVD, CD, ETC)

Publisher:                                                           ISBN:                                  Year:

____________________________________________________________________________

Your Name:

Please check one of the following:

     __ Free                                   __ Up to $10                               __ At any cost

Phone #:                                                           Email:

Library Card #:

Pick up at:    ____Central Library    ____West Branch    ____East Branch

 

Journal Article Request Form

Today's Date

Mark one: ___ Please email the journal article to me. My email address is                        

                 ___ I will pick up a photocopy of the article when I am contacted and pay 15 cents
                          per page (first 5 pages free).
                          Pick up at:    ____Central Library    ____West Branch    ____East Branch

Journal Title:

Article Title:

Article Author:                                                              ISSN:

Date:                                        Volume:                        Number:           Page(s):                       

Your Name:                                                     Address:

Phone:                                                              Library Card Number: