Interlibrary Services

ILS Services

A World of Possibilities

Did You Know?  If you do not find in our collection a particular title that you need, we may be able to borrow it for you from another library.

NPL Cardholders

Libraries Seeking to Borrow

Delivery to Businesses and Individuals

Newark Public Library Cardholders

  • If items are not available at this library, Newark Public Library cardholders may use the interlibrary loan system to borrow up to 3 items from other libraries.
  • Most libraries do not lend bestsellers, new items (under six months old), other high-demand titles, rare books, or some media. Lending to other libraries is at the discretion of the lending library.
  • Requests may take 1-4 weeks to arrive, because we depend on other libraries to find, process, and send items to this library.
  • Most NJ libraries will lend books and send articles at no charge. Many out-of-state libraries charge fees (usually $15 and up) for loans and photocopies. Unless you state you are willing to pay fees, the Newark Public Library will request free items only.
  • Here are the forms to use -> Click here to download the PDF Version or Click here to download the MS Word Version. Please choose the form that you need, either the one for books, movies, or compact discs—or the one for articles from magazines, newspapers, or journals. We can process only up to three (3) items per person.
  • Use JerseyCat to find what you want at other NJ libraries. When you see the title that you want to borrow, click on “Request Item” and complete the form. (If you need help, see below, under “Need more help?”)
  • If you cannot find the item you want in JerseyCat, click the “Blank ILL Request” link at the top of the JerseyCat page, and complete that form. (If you need help, see below.)
  • The Interlibrary Services staff will receive your form(s) and submit your request(s) to other libraries.

Need more help?

  • Call the Interlibrary Services office, 973-733-7767, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
  • Call the Reference Desk, 973-733-7779, during library hours, especially when the Interlibrary Services office is closed.
  • Email ils@npl.org to receive answers via email.

Libraries Seeking to Borrow from NPL

We accept interlibrary services requests through OCLC, fax or mail (preferably with an ALA form), for the following materials:

  • Books from our circulating collections
  • Copies of articles from our periodicals and reference materials
  • Compact discs
  • Books in a variety of world languages
  • Copies of U.S. and New Jersey government publications
  • Copies of U.S. patents

Charges are as follows:

New Jersey Network Libraries
Loans free
20 photocopied pages free
21+ photocopied pages $.25 per page
Other Libraries
Loans $15.00
10 photocopied pages $15.00
11+ photocopied pages $.75 per page
Fax $.50 per page
Postage and handling at cost
Same-day service $20 per item

 

Delivery to Businesses and Individuals

For-profit institutions and individuals interested in requesting directly may inquire about special services. Information on our Gateway Reference Service is available here.

Charges are as follows:

10 photocopied pages $15
11+ photocopied pages $.75 per page
Fax $.75 per page
Postage and handling at cost
Same-day service $20 per item