Interlibrary Loans

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 through Interlibrary Loan.  Through this service, the Humboldt County Library borrows materials from other libraries or acquires a needed book on your behalf.   New materials less than one year old cannot be borrowed from other libraries.  Instead, you may request a Zip Book or you may make a Purchase Suggestion.
Bring to the Reference Desk:
  • Your library card
  • The title and author of the book
  • One dollar (this is a non-refundable fee for the service.)

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 within the week -- and sometimes in just a couple of days.  When items come from other library systems, they may take some time to arrive, generally one or two weeks, sometimes a month.  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.  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?

The library that owns the item 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 2-3 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.