The Library provides an interlibrary loan service to library members for books, magazine articles, DVDs and Music CDs not held in the Wollongong Library system. Conditions apply to the provision of this service. A fee applies for all interlibrary loans. There is a limit of two requests at a time. Upon return of interlibrary loan items, further requests can be submitted.
Submitting a request.
Please check the catalogue first in case the item is already available at one of our Branches.
If you are a member of the Wollongong City Library service you can submit a request in person, over the phone on 4227 7414 or by filling out the form below.
How much will it cost?
Fees for this service are in accordance with the current Wollongong City Council Fees and Charges publication and the Australian Interlibrary Loan Resource Sharing Code.
Item available from a Public Library - generally $7.50. Items only available from the National Library, private or academic libraries - up to $16.50.
The fee is payable when the item is supplied.
How long will it take?
Delivery times vary. Generally it is best to allow at least 2 week delivery period for the item. Wollongong City Library attempts to supply an item as quickly as possible but cannot guarantee delivery of an item requested within a specified time frame.
Will I be able to take the item home?
Generally, yes, however some libraries will only lend items on the condition they are used in the Library.
How long can I keep the item?
The owning library determines the length of the loan. Loan periods are not standard, but are generally between a 1 and 4 week period. Please note that an item can be recalled by the owning library prior to the due date at any time.
Renewals may be possible if requested prior to the due date. This will depend on the policy of the owning library and demand for the item.
What if I want a photocopy of a magazine article or other document?
Check that we don't already have what you want. If you are unsure ask a Librarian to help you find what you want.
A copyright declaration must be signed on collection of this type of item. The usual fee for a photocopied article is $16.50.
What items can't I request on Interlibrary Loan?
Items available in the Wollongong City Libraries collection, including items on order, in processing, in transit or in the reference collection, will not be requested from other libraries
Serial (magazine/issues) and digital content may be requested from other libraries but not all libraries will loan these out. Patrons can submit a 'Suggestion for Purchase' as an alternative if this becomes the case.