Do you know if you can’t find a specific book or video at our library that you can borrow the item from another library in Indiana? This is one of a myriad of services available to you at the library. The State of Indiana’s definition of the “interlibrary loan program” is shown below:
“Interlibrary loan (abbreviated ILL) 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. 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 for the material borrowed. Although books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items, some libraries will lend audio recordings, video recordings, maps, sheet music, and microforms of all kinds. In some cases, nominal fees accompany interlibrary loan services.”
Knox County Public Library collaborates with the other 236 public libraries in Indiana and other types of libraries to help you find that special book that you want to read.
We, at the library, help you locate the book, obtain the book, keep track of the borrowing period once the borrower has the book, and return the book to its home library. We utilize the statewide “Express Delivery” system that insures items are received and returned in a timely manner. The van driver for the service visits the library three times per week.
Our library does the same thing in reverse, we loan books to other libraries to help people across the state of Indiana. So far this year, we have processed 271 borrowed books for our registered borrowers and have loaned 212 books to other Indiana libraries.
For your convenience, the library is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Other services include, but aren’t limited to, public access internet stations, faxing, copying, youth services, book clubs and genealogical