Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans, except for Zip Books, are not happening at this time.

Requesting an item not found in the Library Catalog

If the material you want is not available in the Humboldt County Library, you may visit the reference desk to request it as an Interlibrary Loan or as a Zip Book.  Through this service, the  Library borrows materials from other libraries or acquires a needed book on your behalf.  

New materials less than 18 months old cannot be borrowed from other libraries.  Instead, you may make a Purchase Suggestion.

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The library logo - framed by a book, a mighty redwood stands by water and hills.

Bring to the Library Service Desk:

  • Your library card
  • The title and author of the book
  • Stay at the desk while Library staff help you fill out the form correctly and verify that the item you want is likely to be available.

How long will it take for my book to get here?

It depends.  If you are getting a Zip Book,  it is likely to arrive in two weeks or less. Items borrowed from other library systems may take from two to six weeks. 

For difficult items it may take longer.  Materials such as entire issues of magazines, rare or valuable books, reference books, genealogy or microforms can be difficult to borrow.  When requesting them, be sure to let us know if your request should be cancelled if not filled by a certain date.

How long can I have the book, and can I renew an Interlibrary Loan book?

For Interlibrary Loan books, the library that owns the book sets the due date, tells us whether you can renew it, and may specify in-library use only for certain special books.  Any request for renewal should be made 5 days in advance of the due date. 

Some libraries we borrow from may charge an additional fee.

If you have asked for a common, easily available book, you don't need to worry about this.

However, if you are requesting photocopies, or a hard-to-get item, you should be aware that many libraries charge borrowing and/or photocopy fees. For your convenience, please indicate on the form how much you would be willing to pay for the materials you are requesting.

We will make every effort to borrow from libraries that do not charge. When this is not possible and only with your prior agreement, we will borrow from libraries that charge a fee.  Any charges you have chosen to incur must be paid before checking out the material.

You may have a total of four (4) Interlibrary Loan requests at any one time.