Inter-Library Loans


Inter-Library Loans

What is an Inter-Library Loan?

The Inter-Library Loan service is a service offered among public, university and special libraries in Australia. If we do not have a book that you would like to borrow, we can search the collections of other libraries to locate the book and if it is available for loan, we can borrow the book on your behalf.

Items that can be obtained include books, articles, DVDs, CDs and community language material. You have to be a member of the Council Library to use this service.

How much does it cost?

There is a $3.00 charge to lodge the request (this covers our Administration costs whether the loan is successful or not)

  • If the item is obtained from a public library - $3.00 processing fee.
  • If the item is obtained from from the SWIFT Library Coop (Victoria and NSW) - $3.00 processing fee + $6.00.
  • If the item is only available from a university, special library or state libraries - $3.00 processing fee + $16.50 + levy and delivery charges. See the Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code (Service Level Standards) for more details.

You need to indicate either to the library staff or in the Item Request form if you are willing to proceed if an additional charge applies.

Recently published material cannot be requested as an Inter-Library Loan. A suggestion for purchase can be made on recently published titles, within the guidelines provided.

Items may take over 4 weeks to arrive and you will be notified when they are ready for you to pick up. If you do not receive your Inter-Library Loan request after 30 days, please check with library staff.

When you have finished reading the book, please return to us and we will return it to the lending library.