Inter-Library Loan

The Library provides an interlibrary loan service to library members for items held by Big Sky Libraries and also items in libraries outside the region.

Inter- library loans from one of the 5 branches of Big Sky Libraries are called reservations. Click here to place a reservation.

For items not held by Big Sky Libraries you need to place an external inter-library loan. Conditions apply to the provision of this service.

Submitting an external 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 Big Sky Libraries you can submit a request in person, over the phone, by email or via the online form.

How much will it cost?

Fees for this service are set by the Big Sky Libraries Committee and listed in member Councils Fees and Charges publications and the Australian Interlibrary Loan Resource Sharing Code.

Item available from a Public Library – generally $5.00

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.

Will I be able to take the item home?

Most items can be taken home, however some libraries will only lend items on the condition that they are used in the Library.

How long can I keep the item?

The original lending library dictates the loan period. There isn’t a standard period, but are often between 1 and 4 weeks. It must be noted that the 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, however this is dependent on the original lending Library’s policy.

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.

“Inter-library loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilisation”

– Jo Waltan, Among Others