The Library provides an inter-library 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.
Frequently asked questions:
How do I submit an external inter-library loan request?
What information do I need to supply?
This is determined by the type of material you are requesting. The more information you can provide the better including but not limited to:
- Year of Publication
- Page Number(s)
- Format, e.g. DVD, book.
How much will it cost?
Fees for this service are set by the Big Sky Libraries Committee and listed in member Council’s Fees and Charges publications and the Australian Inter-library Loan Resource Sharing Code.
Items available from a Public Library – generally $6.00
Items only available from the National Library, private or academic libraries – up to $22.50.
The fee is payable when the item is supplied.
Will I be able to take it 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 often the lending periods are between 1 and 4 weeks. It must be noted that the item can be recalled by the lending 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 in our catalogue. 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