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Inter Library Loans

When you join Wollongong City Libraries, you can borrow items that aren't in our collection from other libraries.

Fees and conditions apply, which are explained below.

You can generally borrow books, magazine articles, DVDs and music CDs from participating libraries.

You can only borrow items that aren't in our collection already, so please check our catalogue or ask library staff before you make an inter library loan request. 

You can't borrow items through inter library loans that are:

  • in our collection, but currently out on loan
  • on order, being processed or in transit
  • in our reference collection.

In most cases you'll be able to take inter library items home, but some libraries may only lend items on the condition that they're used in the library. We'll let you know if this applies to your request.


You should usually allow at least two weeks for an inter library loan item to arrive. In some cases, it may take longer.

We try to supply items to you as quickly as possible, but we can't guarantee delivery dates.

Loan periods

The length of time you can keep an item is set by the library it belongs to. Usually loan periods will be between one and four weeks. The library that owns the item can also recall it at any time before the due date.

We'll let you know how long you can keep the item when you collect it.


In some cases you may be able to renew an inter library loan, as long as you make the request before the due date. This will depend on the policy of the library that owns the item, and whether other people are waiting to borrow it.

Please ask us if you'd like to renew an inter library loan.

If you want a photocopy of a magazine article or document held by another library, a fee of $18.70 will usually apply.

You will also have to sign a copyright declaration when you pick up the article.

Please ask our staff for more details about getting copies of articles.

Fees apply to all inter library loans. You will only need to pay the fee when the items is supplied.

General current fees for inter library loans are:

  • $8.50 per item for most items available from another public library
  • $30.30 per item for items only held by the National Library, private or academic items
  • $19.70 per article for photocopied magazine articles or documents, up to 25 pages. Additional pages: $4.60 per 25 pages or part thereof.

If your request is urgent, you may need to pay additional fees to cover the cost of a courier service. Ask library staff if you want to request urgent delivery of an inter library loan.

Payment methods

You can pay for your inter library loan in cash at all of our libraries, and by EFTPOS at Wollongong, Corrimal, Dapto and Thirroul.

Make an inter library loan request

Use the button below to apply for an inter library loan.

Request multicultural items from State Library of NSW

You can ask to borrow a box of items from the State Library of NSW in languages other than English, or to help improve your English skills.

See our Community Language Collections page for more information.