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What kinds of items can be requested through interlibrary loan?
We can request
Circulating books, and on a rare occasions, reference items.
CDs, books on cassette and VHS (from in-state libraries only)
Magazine articles (please place these requests by phone, (603) 766-1720)
Nonfiction DVDs
We can not request:
Any feature films on DVD
How long does it take to get the item?
The honest answer is that it depends on many factors. Is the item held at a library in New Hampshire, and if so, is it currently checked in? If the book is available in state, how often does the lending library have interlibrary loan van service? Do we have to go out of state to request the book? However, on average, items take about two weeks to arrive.
Are there any fees involved?
The are two occasions when there might be fees associated with your request. If there is postage associated with sending the book to our library, then it must be paid for by the customer. In addition, some academic libraries charge a lending fee that can range anywhere from $10-$25 or more.
How many items may you request at a time?
You may submit three interlibrary loan requests per week.
Interlibrary Loan Form
Your Name (required)
Your Phone Number (required)
Your Email Address

Library Card Number
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
DVD (nonfiction only)
Item Title (required)
Item Author (required for books)
ISBN Number (will speed things up)
Additional Details (large print, edition, year of publication, language, etc.)



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