Please note: the inter-library loan service is currently suspended due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Borrowing from other libraries
Although our libraries have many items in the collection, you might be looking for something that we don't have. If the item belongs to another library, we can request it from that library on your behalf. This is called an inter-library loan.
How to request an inter-library loan
Search our catalogue first to make sure our Libraries don't hold the item you are seeking.
If we do not own the item you are looking for, you can search the holdings of other libraries in Australia using the Library Link Victoria website. Please note that this service is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
We do not request books that have been published within the last 12 months.
We do not borrow or lend DVDs, CDs, games, CD-ROMs, electronic materials and non-circulating items.
If you have a question, check our Library Link Victoria Instructions (DOC 1Mb).
A fee of $3.10 is charged for the supply of all inter library loans.
Some libraries charge a fee of $28.50 for supplying items. If you make a request that will have this charge applied, we will ask your permission before going ahead with the request.
You must pay the fee when you collect the item. If you choose not to collect the item the fee must still be paid.
The loan period for inter-library loans is 6 weeks and items cannot be renewed.
All items are accompanied with a book strap. The strap is not to be removed and is essential for the return of your inter-library loan. There is a replacement fee of $6 for each lost strap.
State and National Libraries
You can also search the State Library of Victoria’s catalogue, the National Library of Australia’s catalogue or use Trove to search Australian state, public and university library catalogues all together.