Interlibrary Loan

What Is ILL?

If you would like to borrow materials that are not available at this library, you can request them from other libraries in NOBLE from the Library Catalog.

If an item is not available in NOBLE, you may try requesting it from the statewide Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat). If you prefer you may also have us search and request items through ComCat. Note: The Commonwealth Catalog has instituted a 50 cent per day fine on all overdue items.

If the item is not available in the state or cannot be requested through the Commonwealth Catalog, we may be able to borrow it for you from outside the state. Please look over the Interlibrary Loan FAQs below and fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. If you are not sure where to find what you are looking for please feel free to contact us at 978-774-0554 or

We are more than happy to help you search for items and request them. For all the guidelines for ILL items see below

Interlibrary Request Form
Please give us as much information about the item you would like to borrow.
* required

Your Contact Information

Item Information

Type of Material Book
Audiobook/Cassette Audiobook/CD
Videocassette DVD CD
Other (Please indicate below)


Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

How Long Does It Take?

The time it takes from ordering an item to being able to pick it up can vary widely. Depending on how hard the item is to find, how far away the lending library is and how long it takes the lending library to process the request it can take anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks or longer.

What Kinds Of Items Can I Get?

We are happy to search for books, CDs or DVDS. Keep in mind that the newer the item is the harder it will be to obtain because they are usually checked out. In fact, we will not request CDs or DVDs less than a year old because they are virtually impossible to obtain because of their popularity.

How Much Does It Cost?

At present, we do not charge fees for interlibrary loan services. While some libraries we get books from may charge to lend but we typically avoid them. On rare occasions when a library that charges is the only one that has an item we will always consult with the patron on the cost of the item and whether they still want us to get it.

How Long Can I Check It Out For?

Typically interlibrary loan items are checked out for three weeks. We are subject to the rules of the lending library that sends us the item, from time to time we may have to specify a shorter loan period. Renewals are also at the discretion of the lending library.

What If I Lose or Damage The Item?

You are responsible for all costs associated with items that are unable to be returned to the lending institution. These costs are set by the library that lent it to us. In some cases, that will be the replacement cost of the item together with a processing fee. In other cases, lending libraries may impose a much larger penalty for losing the book. In either case the patron is responsible.

What’s All The Paper Work That Comes With My Item?

Most interlibrary loan items come with their tracking slip and a return label the we use to track and return the item. Most items also have a slip or strap from the Peabody Institute Library that indicates it is an interlibrary loan book. Please keep all the paper work that the item come with we need it.