By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
Did you know that if we don’t have a book in our collection we can get what you want other ways? Let us tell you about Interlibrary Loan.
We offer Interlibrary Loan to all of our patrons. You can request up to 12 books per year per card. It generally takes a couple of weeks, but sometimes it could be longer. We search in our Tennessee Library database, which searches all the public libraries in Tennessee, and two universities. If the book is not listed there we can search throughout the United States (this is where it may take a little longer to get the book.) Due dates are set by the lending library and there is usually sufficient time to read the book. Sometimes we are able to ask for a book to be renewed. Keep in mind that there is a $.50 fine per day the book is overdue, so it is always best to request a renewal before the due date.
Two important pieces of information: when we notify you a book is here (either by email or phone), you have 5 days to pick up the book. If you don’t make it within those 5 days, the book will be returned and your library card/account will be charged$1.00 for a non-pick up fee.
We also understand if you want a book and all we have are e-audio or e-books. Consider Interlibrary Loan as an alternative.