Interlibrary Loan

The Amherst Public Library, in keeping with its mission, provides educational, recreational, and cultural enrichment to its users through a collection of materials selected to meet their wants and needs.  Occasionally, a library user may want to request material not owned by the Amherst Public Library.  The Reference staff researches and requests the material from other cooperating libraries.  This service is free to Amherst Public Library patrons.

ILL Guidelines

• Patrons requesting an Interlibrary Loan must possess a valid Amherst Public Library Card.

• Interlibrary loan is appropriate for popular materials at least 9-12 months old and for specialized materials new and old.  Requests for new materials are considered for purchase by the appropriate collection managers.

• Once the Interlibrary loan request is sent, APL cannot control the speed of the transaction.  If the material is needed in less than ten (10) business days, the patron will be referred to area libraries in which the material is listed as available.

Direct questions about Interlibrary Loan to the reference desk at (440)988-4230.