InterLibrary Loan FAQ
What is InterLibrary Loan (ILL)?
The InterLibrary Loan (ILL) department borrows materials from other libraries not owned by the Montgomery County Memorial Library System (MCMLS) or the nearby systems of North Harris/Montgomery Community College District. These materials can include books, microfilm, audio, newspaper & magazine articles, etc.
How much does it cost?
ILL is a free service. Sometimes there is a fee for borrowing materials, but we never agree to a fee without first finding out if the patron is willing to pay it.
Are there materials which cannot be borrowed?
Not all items are available through ILL. These items include:
Items published within the last 6 months (does not include magazines or newspaper articles)
- Digital download materials, such as e-books or digital audio books
How long does it take to get an item via ILL?
The length of time varies greatly from several days to over a month. If you need an item by a certain date, it is important to make a note of it on your ILL form.
Can ILL materials be renewed?
Sometimes. It depends on the policy of the library which loaned us the item. You must call us at least 4 days before the due date to request a renewal.
How much are the late fines on ILL materials?
.10 cents per day.
How can I find out if my Interlibrary Loan Request is here?
We will notify you by phone or e-mail if your request has arrived. You can also check by logging into your library account online.
Click on the tab that says "Fines/Blocks". If your item has arrived, there will be a notice including the title of your request.
Can I return an ILL item to any branch?
No. ILL materials should be returned to the branch where they were checked out, because this is where the paperwork is located. This helps us to speedily return the item to the library from which it was borrowed. Returning materials on time helps us maintain cordial relations with the other libraries in the ILL system.
Can I use the MCMLS ILL service?
If you have a valid MCMLS library card, and do not have fines totaling $25.00 or more, you are entitled to use the ILL service.
How many items can I borrow through ILL?
Please limit your ILL requests to 5 at a time.
How can I submit an ILL request?
There are several ways to submit an ILL request:
- Fill out an ILL form at your local branch
- Make a request over the phone (936) 788-8361
Request material 24/7 using the the ILL Request Form available on our website
What information will I need when making an ILL Request?
- Contact information (phone number or e-mail address)
- Valid library barcode number
- Preferred format (i.e., large print, audio CD, cassett tape, DVD, VHS, tape, etc.)
- Branch you would like item delivered to
Please provide the following information for magazine articles:
- Title of magazine
- Title of article
- Author of article
- Date of article
- Page number of article