Interlibrary Loan

Sometimes the item you want is not owned by a PrairieCat library, so interlibrary loan permits the Peru Library to borrow material owned by another library for you. Interlibrary loan (ILL) may be used whenever requested material is not available within the PrairieCat database. It is available for all Peru patrons holding a valid Peru Library card in good standing i.e., owing no more than $5.00 in outstanding overdue fines or having no more than five books overdue.

You can ask library staff to make your ILL request or you may make it yourself in WorldCat. WorldCat is also known as FirstSearch or OCLC. Our website also has a link into WorldCat.

From home Peru Library cardholders will be asked for a username and password before accessing the WorldCat database. Just contact any library staff to request the WorldCat (OCLC) username and password.

When you find the item you want in WorldCat, click on the ILL icon in the upper left part of the screen.

You must enter your First Name, Last Name, Postal Code, Telephone Number and add a Comment into the form. Once all the information is entered, click the Submit button to activate your request.

Comment on the Comment: We fill most of ILL requests from Illinois libraries, all of which use a delivery system at no charge to patrons. However, in the event that we must request an item from out of state, we charge a cost recovery postage fee of $3.00. Please indicate (yes or no) in the WorldCat ILL  comments box if you are willing to pay this fee. Again, we try to only use ‘free’ Illinois libraries to fill patrons ILL requests.

Items borrowed through WorldCat take 3 to 6 weeks to arrive at Peru. Once it arrives, we will contact to pick up your ILL. If the item cannot be borrowed, we will let you know.

If you are not a Peru Library cardholder, please request your items through your home library.

Not all materials are available through interlibrary loan. The lending/owning library determines which of its items it will lend and under what conditions. Patrons are responsible for paying any fee charged by the lending library. Copyright dates should be at least six months old before materials are requested on interlibrary loan. Libraries reserve new materials for use by their own patrons and rarely lend new items via interlibrary loan. The owning library also sets the value of the item if it is lost or damaged, which may be several hundred dollars.  The Peru patron will be responsible for paying for any lost or damaged interlibrary loan material.