If the Pearl River County Library System does not have a title you
want, we can try to get it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL is a
resource sharing service between libraries. Simply, one library loans a
title to another library, which then loans it to a patron. Pearl
River County Library System participates in two interlibrary loan
programs, one exclusive to Mississippi libraries (AGent) and the other
(WorldCat) regional/national. (Details Below)
There is no cost for books, videos/dvds, or multimedia. However, requested
articles or book chapters may cost 20¢ per page.
Time is a chief consideration when placing an ILL.
The processing and shipping of ILLs is unpredictable. Once an ILL request is placed in AGent or WorldCat, the request is dependent on participating lending libraries. PRCLS, like the patron, is then awaiting action from another library.
An ILL title can arrive in as few as 3-4 days or over a month. Both occurrences are uncommon. Usually, an ILL arrives in 1-2 weeks.
Titles that are very old or very new are difficult to obtain quickly. Books published in the early 20th Century or earlier may be non-circulating. New books circulate with a library’s patrons and are unavailable for ILLs.
Fortunately, some old titles can be found in their entirety on Google Books: http://books.google.com/.
Checkout Period, Renewals, and Overdues
The checkout period for Interlibrary Loans (ILL) is two weeks; renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and are uncommon.
An ILL request cannot be cancelled after the lending library has shipped the title and is, therefore, subject to the above charge for articles or chapters.
An ILL is subject to overdue fines of .25 cents per day.