Interlibrary Loan

The Woonsocket Harris Public Library does not always own the item you would like to check out.  When we don't own an item, we'll do our best to get what you need by purchasing the item for the Library or borrowing it from another Library.  Interlibrary loan is the process through which Library materials, or a copy of the material, are made available by one library to another upon request. The purpose of interlibrary loan is to obtain library material(s) not available at this Library.  Please contact the Reference Desk regarding Interlibrary Loans.
Library users may request that the Library attempt to locate and borrow for their use a specific book or magazine which is not available in our Library currently. We do not charge for this service, but occasionally there is a charge imposed by the owning Library and the patron is responsible for that charge. There may also be a photocopy fee for lengthy articles. If there will be a charge, patrons will be notified before the material is ordered. This will allow them to decide whether they still want the material. Fees are collected w hen patrons pick up the requested material. Patrons are still responsible for fees if they decide not to pick up the material. 
1.       Requesting Interlibrary Loan Service: An interlibrary borrowing request may be submitted either by phone, fax, e-mail or in person. The interlibrary loan process is costly and the Library incurs costs well in excess of the postage fee for each item that it borrows from another Library. Consequently, the Library will not accept additional interlibrary loan requests from those Library patrons who have failed to pick-up requested items.
2.       Material Types: At the discretion of the owning Library, some types of material are not readily available for lending including but not limited to the following:
a.       Audiovisual materials (video games, DVDs, audio books, CDs)
b.      Reference material
c.       Current issues of magazines and newspapers
d.      Rare, archival, manuscript or fragile items
e.      Popular books
f.        New books
g.    Fiction
3.       Recalls: At any time the lending Library may recall an item and request the item’s immediate return.
4.       Renewals: Interlibrary loan materials are generally not renewable.