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Interlibrary Loan

Before making a request

Verify that the item you want is not owned by an online member library by checking the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System catalog.

About the item
  • Title
  • Author
And, if possible, we would also like the following:
  • Publisher
  • Year of Publication
  • Edition (ex. 5th)
  • Price

A librarian will search for your requested title in an online database. If the book you are looking for is no longer in print, it may be a little harder to find, but not necessarily impossible.

About you
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your telephone number
  • Answers to these questions:
    1. Is it ok to substitute something similar for the item you are looking for?

      If we can't find the exact book on catfish, will another book on catfish be okay? Or perhaps a photocopy of an article on catfish?

    2. How long do you want us to try and get the book from another library?

      If it is a civil service test book and the test is a month away, if we haven't gotten it in 3 weeks should we stop? You can give us a cut-off date.

      This is an important question, because it takes a minimum of 2 weeks and usually from 2 to 6 weeks to get a book on Interloan. If you need the book tomorrow or next week, then we will not be able to help you through Interloan.

    3. Will you pay any fees associated with a book delivered from outside the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System?

      Items found at libraries in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System are loaned to us for free. If none of our member libraries own the item you want, we can look outside of our system. We are charged a fee for shipping and handling for anything from outside our library system.

      We cannot search for your item beyond our library system unless you agree to pay out-of-system fees beforehand.

ILL Fees

No charge for a book or periodical article from any library in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System (CCLS).

$2.00 for a request filled from outside CCLS.

Make a Request

Call the Information Desk at 716 372 0200

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