Interlibrary Loan

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What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a service we offer to card holders of the Portsmouth Public Library. If there is an item (book, DVD, audiobook, etc.) that we don’t have in our collection, we can try to borrow it from another library in the state. Items can also be borrowed from NH college libraries (Dartmouth, UNH, etc.)

How long does it take to get the item?

It depends. If the item is available in-state we might get it inside of a week. Rarer items that are farther away take longer.

Are there any fees involved?

If you are willing to pay shipping we can request the book from out-of-state libraries. If the book is not heavy the shipping cost can be as little as $3.00 to $5.00 dollars. If it is a heavy art book it could cost $5.00-$20.00. Some libraries like Harvard charge an additional ILL fee.

How many items may you request at a time?

Three per week


Email us at Or call the Reference desk at 766-1720.


Interlibrary Loan Form


Your Name (required)
Your Phone Number (required)
Your Email Address

Library Card Number (required)
Are you willing to pay for postage if necessary? (Usually $2-$3.50 for out of state requests.) Yes
Are you willing to pay a lending fee if necessary? (Anywhere from $10-$25 or more from some academic libraries.) Yes
If you are willing to pay a lending fee,
what is your upper limit?
Item Format (required) Book
Book on CD
Book on Cassette
Item Title (required)
Item Author (required for books)
ISBN Number (will speed things up)
Additional Details (large print, edition, year of publication, language, etc.)