Library Website: Interlibrary Loan

Can’t find an item at any of our branches? Interlibrary Loan finds items at other library systems and borrows them for all Nashville Public Library members.

Okay, be honest, who is aware of the library’s online Interlibrary Loan request form? Anyone? If you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for?

“I’ve requested several woodworking books we don’t own.” – Jenny
“I’ve borrowed sheet music collections through ILL.” – Kyle

Is there anything you’ve been longing to read to that the library system doesn’t own? What are you waiting for? Now you can request things quickly using the online form!

And remember, this also means anyone can take ILL requests from patrons. Instead of transferring a phone call to Interlibrary Loan, try filling out the online form for the patron. It will save the patron some time and they’ll remember how helpful we all are.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Take a look at the Interlibrary Loan page (under Services on the website).

2. Find the ILL Title Request form.

3. If there’s a book or magazine you’ve always been looking for that the library doesn’t own, go ahead and request it.

4. Repeat this to yourself 5 times (and don’t forget it): “If the library system does not own something, we can request the item with the online Interlibrary Loan Request form.”

5. To receive credit for this training, you must report your progress using the link below:

Submit your progress report


  1. Deanna says:

    Jenny (and Kyle) — this is fantastic! (the page came up on my standing Google Search for “nashville public library.”) Love the tone and now will look up other lessons. Guess I just had to be lead there by the nose — or cursor :)


  2. Phil K. says:

    Yes, ILL is a great service! I recently borrowed some hard to find graffiti/art books through it. Might also point out the local lending consortium Project Athena.
    I always try to check that first before going the full ILL route.


  3. Rosalind Sanders says:

    I have been using the “Interlibrary Loan” for at least 2 years – I love it! I am even more excited to be able
    share these other new services with our patrons – “Project Anthena”

  4. Emily says:

    ILL never ceases to amaze me. Processing ILL requests was a part of my first job in a public library (back in the early 90′s), and I found that customers were extra appreciative of the fact that their local library could borrow an item outside of their city or state. 18 years later (yikes, am I that old?) ILL is much faster, more efficient, and easier. It truly opens the world a little wider.

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