Interlibrary Loan Policy and Procedures
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows patrons of Fort Bend County Libraries to borrow from other public, academic, or special libraries throughout Texas, the United States library materials that are not owned by our system. Non-circulating Reference and Genealogy materials owned by Fort Bend County Libraries cannot be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan.
Materials Available Through Interlibrary Loan
Electronic books and serials are not available through ILL. Because of copyright restrictions, Fort Bend County Libraries is limited to borrowing five copies of articles from the current five years of a periodical title during the calendar year. Beginning January 1 of the new year, up to five more requests can be ordered from the same title. Fort Bend County Libraries, as a lender to other institutions, will not lend genealogy or reference materials, nor will it lend popular, high-demand materials that have been published in the last six (6) months.
Loan Period and Renewals
Charges and Fees
There is no charge for requesting an ILL at Fort Bend County Libraries. However, some lending libraries may have additional charges for borrowing or photocopying materials, and that cost is the responsibility of the patron. Patrons may choose not to pay the additional charges, but must say so when making the ILL request; under this circumstance, FBCL may not be able to fill the request. Patrons will be charged $1.00 per day for overdue items and are responsible for all costs for lost or damaged materials.