Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a service to Blount County Public Library cardholders in good standing to obtain materials not owned by the library. We attempt to obtain requested items from other libraries in Tennessee. We cannot obtain new, Reference, or Genealogy materials. Items that are owned by the Blount County Public Library cannot be requested on Interlibrary Loan. Please ask a Reference Librarian for exceptions.

Process


1. Search the Library Catalog to see if Blount County Public Library owns the material you need. If the library owns the item and it is checked out, you may place a reserve online through your account. Visit our How to place a Reserve page.
2. If you are unable to find what you need, you may request the item using Interlibrary Loan. Request forms are located at the Reference Department. A Reference Librarian can assist you.

Borrowing Guidelines


  1. There is a limit of 3 requests per library card at any one time.
  2. You must have a Blount County Public Library card in good standing in order to request Interlibrary Loan material.
  3. You may request books, audio visual (A/V) materials (DVDs, CDs, etc), newspapers on microfilm, and magazine articles. Books published within the past year are usually not available. Some libraries do not loan A/V materials, microfilm, Genealogy, or Reference materials.
  4. There is usually no charge unless the lending library has a fee. We would inform you of this charge. Interlibrary Loan Requests are generally available in 1 to 3 weeks, but in some cases may take up to 4 weeks or longer to arrive.
  5. You will be notified by email or phone when an item has arrived. Please pick up your materials at the Circulation Desk as soon as possible so that you will have adequate time to use them. Please return by due date on slip cover. If you do not return any Interlibrary Loan item, you will be responsible for any cost incurred.
  6. If we borrow an item from another library but you do not pick it up, you will be fined $5 and you will not be able to request any more interlibrary loans for six months.
  7. Please return Interlibrary Loan materials to the Circulation Department at the Blount County Public Library during business hours. Do not place Interlibrary Loan materials in book drops or remove the white information band.

Renewal


If you need to renew an item please contact the Circulation Department at 865-273-1424