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Interlibrary Loan

Learn about interlibrary loans in The Copenhagen Libraries.

Interlibrary loan is a service whereby a patron of one library can borrow books, DVDs, music, etc. and/or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library. 

Terms and Conditions:

  • The user makes a request with their home library; which, acting as an intermediary, identifies libraries with the desired item, places the request, receives the item, makes it available to the user, as well as arranges for its return. 

  • The lending library usually sets a due date and overdue fees of the material borrowed.

  • All types of materials are available through interlibrary loan (except those materials restricted for Legal Deposit).
  • A borrowing library sends an owning library a request to borrow, photocopy, or scan materials that is needed by their patron.
  • The owning library fills the request by sending materials to the borrowing library or supply a reason for why the request cannot be filled.
  • If the item is sent, the borrowing library notifies the patron when the item arrives.
  • Interlibrary holds can not be put on pause and in this case you may have to place new hold after your period of absence has ended.