Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan services are currently unavailable.

*In order to safeguard our community and slow the spread of Coronavirus  (COVID-19), Roanoke County Public Library will be closed. An end date has not been established for these changes, but we plan to return to regular operation as soon as conditions allow. For more information visit our website for updates.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary Loan, a service of the Roanoke County Public Library, allows you to borrow books, magazine articles, audiobooks and other material from libraries outside the valley. You can request items that have been released for 6 months or more.

The library will only request materials that are not owned by a public library in the valley. The valley public libraries include Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Salem City, and Botetourt County. This includes reference and Virginia Room material. You are welcome to ask staff to assist you in determining if a valley library has items. Allow at least 2 weeks for us to receive the item.

Interlibrary Loan Fees

There is a $2 charge per interlibrary loan to pay for postage. This fee will be collected when the item is picked up. If the item comes in and you do not pick it up, you will still be charged the $2 fee since we still must pay the postage. Occasionally, the library that lends us the item charges us a fee. When this happens we will contact you to see if you agree to pay the fee on top of our $2 postage charge.

The late fee for overdue interlibrary items is $1 per day with no maximum.

Requests for articles from magazines and newspapers are free as long as no shipping charge is involved. Check with the interlibrary loan department for more information 777-8782. Allow at least 2 weeks for us to receive the item.

Interlibrary Loan Procedure

To ensure that your interlibrary loan request is processed in a timely manner, please read the following steps carefully.

Search for an Item

It is easy to use WorldCat search to locate items in local libraries and elsewhere. This search allows you to see if the item you are seeking is available in a library in the Roanoke Valley or outside the area, and whether or not it can be easily obtained through interlibrary loan.

Fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request

Some restrictions apply to this service. Please place your request well before your deadline as the process can last from two to four weeks. The item must have a published date of at least 6 months prior to the date of the interlibrary loan request. Go to Amazon to see when an item was published and to record the ISBN Number.

Pay at the Time of Pick Up

The library will contact you when your request as been filled. The $2 postage fee plus any additional fees from the sending library must be paid at the time of pickup.The due date will be printed and placed on the front cover of the material. If renewal is possible, please call 777-8782 to renew by the specified renewal date.

Return Material to the Pick Up Library

Material must be returned to the library from which it was picked up. When returned, the material must be brought into the library. It may not be returned in the book drop. The late fee for overdue interlibrary loan items is $1 per day with no maximum.