Lewis County Public Library and Archives is committed to serving the public by providing materials to meet our patrons’ needs. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that offers cardholders access to materials beyond what is held by the library and archives. Most items are borrowed from other Tennessee libraries, but if an item can’t be found in-state, library staff will extend the search nationwide.
- Patrons must have a library card for at least six months and be in good standing (no overdues, no fines, etc.) before an ILL request may be placed.
- An ILL request may be placed by filling out a form at the library or by emailing the library and archives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Expect a 2- to 4-week average wait, depending on the item’s availability at the lending library.
- Lending libraries’ due dates may be different from those of Lewis County Public Library and Archives.
Need an Item in a Hurry?
A digital copy may be available for instant download. To browse our digital collection, visit the Tennessee READS website at www.reads.overdrive.com.
Limits & Fees
Due to the high volume of requests received, patrons are limited to 1 active request at a time. An active request is one that has not been returned to and received by the lending library.
There is no fee to borrow items from other Tennessee libraries. Out-of-state libraries may charge a fee to borrow.
Materials Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan
- Whole magazines
- E-books, e-audiobooks, or digital MP3s
- Most genealogical material
Note: New books are generally not available through ILL until at least 6 months after the publication date.