or "what if you don't have the book I want?"
Interlibrary loan lets us borrow items from other libraries. You can use the Texas Group Catalog to request materials that we do not own locally.
Unfortunately, not everything is available through Interlibrary Loan. Beginning January 1, 2017, we will be unable to request items (e.g. books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) that have been published or released within the last year.
Check out times are the same as local items. To request a renewal, let us know 3 to 5 days before the due date, so we can contact the lending library to see if the item can be renewed. DVDs may not be renewed.
Cardholders are limited to 10 active Interlibrary Loan requests. This includes the total number checked out and requested.
You will get an email or text (whichever you requested) when your items arrive. Please pick them up as soon as possible. After 7 days, they will be returned to the lending library.
If you do not pick up your items within the 7 days, your ILL privileges will be suspended for 30 days and any pending ILL requests will not be filled.
Requests can take 2 to 4 weeks to fulfill.
There is a $1 shipping fee for each item that is received. If your request cannot be filled, you will not be charged.