Interlibrary loans (ILL) are materials borrowed from libraries other than the Chesapeake Public Library system in order to make additional resources available. Five (5) active requests and/or items loaned are permitted at one time. Each request must be on a separate form.
Some materials, including current year titles and best sellers, books on CD/MP3, DVDs, CDs, genealogical items, etc., are not available through the ILL process. Currently, microfilm is not available.
Patrons who are residents of Chesapeake or who have purchased a full service card with no balance due on their accounts are required to pay one way postage for any item borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, along with any fees charged by the loaning institution. Postage typically runs $2.00-$5.00 per item, one way.
Reciprocal card patrons are responsible for postage to send the item from and return the item to the lending library, along with any fees charged by the loaning institution. The combined postage (from and back to the lending library) for a Reciprocal request typically runs $4.00-$10.00 per item.