Interlibrary loan

If the Grand Prairie Library System doesn't have the book you're looking for, you may request it through Interlibrary loan. 

Interlibrary loan helps library users borrow books not available in the Grand Prairie Library System from other participating libraries. The item is sent to the Grand Prairie library for the patron, then returned to the lending library once the patron has returned it.


Conditions of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service:

1.Patron must be an adult, Grand Prairie resident with a library card. Library card holders must be out of the 30 day introductory status and in good standing.

2. Items requested must be at least 6 months old.

3. Some items may not be available including:

  • Reference or genealogy works
  • Rare or valuable books
  • Items with expensive shipping costs
  • Textbooks
  • Software and electronic resources
  • Audio or Video

4. Request for photocopies must comply with copyright laws.

  • Only five articles from the same magazine series.
  • Only one article per issue.
  • Only 50 pages from a single magazine or book

5. Items owned by the Grand Prairie Library System will not be ordered as an interlibrary loan. If there is an item at another Grand Prairie branch library,  place a hold on that item, and it will be transferred to the branch you prefer. Items from international libraries may not be requested.

6. Limit of 3 requests a week.

7. There are no rush requests. Items arrive in 2 to 6 weeks if they are available.

8. Checkout is 2 weeks with no renewals. Some items are In Library Use only.

9. Most ILL requests are free. Patrons can consent to, and must pay any fee in advance.

10. Once your ILL item arrives, you have 5 days from the time you are notified to come pick it up. After that, it will be sent back to its home library.

11. ILL materials must be returned to the designated service desk inside the library.

12. Any charges for overdue, lost or damaged items are the responsibility of the patron.

13. Failure to follow ILL policies or staff instructions can result in loss of library privileges.

Request an interlibrary loan