Interlibrary Loan

Portsmouth Free Public Library does not always own the item you would like to check out.  When we don't own an item, we'll do our best to get what you need by purchasing the item for the Library or borrowing it from another library.  Interlibrary loan is the process through which library materials, or a copy of the material, are made available by one library to another upon request.
Library users may request that the Library attempt to locate and borrow for their use a specific item which is not available in our Library currently. We do not charge for interlibrary loan within the Ocean State Library consortium, however, if an item is borrowed from out of state, there is a $2.00 fee upon receipt of the item to help us cover return mailing costs.  There may also be a photocopy fee for lengthy articles. If there will be a charge, patrons will be notified before the material is ordered. This will allow them to decide whether they still want the material. 
1.       Requesting Interlibrary Loan Service: An interlibrary borrowing request may be submitted either by phone, online through this website, email or in person.
2.       Material Types: At the discretion of the owning Library, some types of material are not readily available for lending including but not limited to the following:
a.       Audiovisual materials (video games, DVDs, audio books, CDs)
b.      Reference material
c.       Current issues of magazines and newspapers
d.      Rare, archival, manuscript or fragile items
e.      Popular books
f.        New books
3.       Recalls: At any time the lending Library may recall an item and request the item’s immediate return.
4.       Renewals: Interlibrary loan materials are generally not renewable.

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