Inter-library loans

Request an inter-library loan 

If you're looking for a book or any item that’s not listed in our online catalogue, you can request an inter-library loan from another library in Australia.

If your item is available for loan from another library, the delivery to your library branch will take between 3 to 4 weeks. Fees apply.

Please note that inter-library loan items must be returned to a City of Sydney Library branch.

How to request an inter-library loan

  1. Login to the online catalogue
  2. Click the ‘Suggestions’ tab
  3. Click the ‘Inter-library loan’ tab
  4. Complete the request form
  5. Click 'Save'.

You will be notified when your item is ready for collection.

Fees for inter-library loans

Fees for inter-library loans vary. Some public libraries charge $6 an item. Others, including the National Library of Australia, charge a minimum of $20.

If you need the item in a hurry, some libraries are happy to rush through your request but it will cost a minimum of $50 + courier charges. Again, the other library will notify us of their rate.

Inter-library loan fees are non-refundable. 

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Last updated: Monday, 1 July 2019