Interlibrary Loan

An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a book or document obtained, on your behalf, by your hometown library.  The resources you request may come from another library or media center in the same county, or from within the state of New Jersey, or from a library as far away as Alaska!  The lending library sets the loan period.  Renewals are sometimes possible, but this depends on the lending library’s policy.  Most ILL services are free, but you may be asked if you would approve a borrowing fee. Only the UPL patron who requested the ILL is authorized to pick-up the ILL from the Library.

We will make every effort to:

  • Borrow books and audiovisual material for UPL patrons. 
  • Obtain articles from newspapers, journals and magazines not held by UPL.
  • Notify you by phone when the item is received.
  • All borrowers who live or work in Union must have a current UPL library card that is clear of fines.  To obtain a library card, please stop by the Circulation Desk.

Are there restrictions on the types of materials that can be requested?

  • Rare materials
  • Reference items
  • Materials that do not circulate
  • Certain audiovisual materials
  • Entire issues of journals
  • Bestsellers
  • Items owned by UPL, but currently in circulation

How long will it take to get the item I requested?

There are several factors involved:

  • Availability of item
  • Geographic location of lending library
  • Copyright clearance for articles
  • Restrictions placed by the owning library
  • Books that are held and available at Union County public libraries usually take 4-9 working days.  Other books could take several weeks.  Articles usually take an average of 10 working days; some may come in sooner while others may take longer.

There is a limit of 3 ILL requests at any one time.