Usually a portion of the library’s or society’s collection is available through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan allows you to borrow items for specific research and is transferred from library to library. Note: Libraries will usually not exchange information through the LDS family history centers. When you start speaking with the library or society, ask the following questions:
- What is the interlibrary loan policy andprocedureofthe organization from whichyouwillrequest information?
- Are there any costs associated with the loan?
- What is the length of time permitted for the loan?
- How long does it take to process the loan?
- Is it possible to purchase copies?
- Are any special forms required?
- What is the interlibrary loan policy and procedure for your local library?
- Does the library have the equipment you need to view the requested material, such as a microfilm reader, printer, or photocopier?
- The interlibrary loan comes with parameters, such as the following:
- Order 1-5 reels that can be loaned at one time.
- Orders must be received on interlibrary forms.
- Most orders will require a loan fee to be paid at the time of request. Fees range from $5 to $15 per reel.
- Cost may vary depending on if you are a state resident, nonresident, or member of the society.
- Length of time for loan is 1-4 weeks.
The types of resources that are usually exchanged through inter- library loan include the following:
- Census (microfilm)
- Papers (microfilm)
- Original deeds, wills, tax records, vital statistics, and so forth (microfilm)
- Books and research guides
- Photographs (microfiche)
- Military records (microfilm)
It is at the library’s discretion to designate materials as non- circulating due to policy, age, condition, or special circumstances. Items that are not usually available, but can be photocopied, include the following:
- Materials in the main reading rooms
- All books published before a given date (such as 1925)
- Printed local history and genealogies and regimental histories (often do not circulate out-of-state)
If you have a particular microfilm you wish to own, ask if you can purchase copies. This would be advisable if, for example, there was a unique event covering a span of months and you wanted to have detailed coverage to review and study.