Library Materials: Finding Items

Obtain Materials Not Found in Our Catalog

You may electronically request that we consider purchasing an item not found in our Catalog, or you may ask to obtain the item from another Library via an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a cooperative agreement between libraries to lend and borrow materials from their collections. This system is used to supply a variety of resources to our patrons that are not available at the Farmington Community Library.

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Who can use ILL?

  • The Farmington Community Library provides this free service to patrons who live, work, go to school, or pay taxes in Farmington /Farmington Hills.

What type of materials may be borrowed?

  • The Farmington Community Library provides this free service to patrons who live, work, go to school, or pay taxes in Farmington /Farmington Hills.

    Books, theses, microfilm and dissertations can be borrowed. Photocopies of articles can be requested. New publications, best-sellers, and high-demand titles are usually unavailable for interlibrary loan. We do not ILL A/V materials (Videos, DVD, CD's, Audio cassette tapes).

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How long does it take to receive an ILL item?

  • The length of time for an ILL to arrive varies and can be from 2–4 weeks, or in some cases longer.

How do I request material from ILL?

  • You may request ILL materials by doing either of the following:
  1. Contact the Farmington Community Library during business hours by calling (248) 553•0300 and ask for a Reference Librarian with your request or

  2. Contact the ILL Department by email.

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If you would like to search other libraries' online catalogs, you may do so by clicking on Our Catalog: Other Libraries, then click on either Metro Net, or the Regional button and select "The Library Network" (TLN). The TLN Catalog is a catalog with several local libraries. Select a specific Library or "ALL" libraries, type in the title you would like, and then click on "Title". Select a record. If there is a book available, contact FCL with the information. Please do not contact the owning library yourself. The ILL Department must do this. If you request a book from the lending library directly and FCL does not have the paperwork for your request, the item will be sent back.

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How will you be contacted when your material arrives?

  • Patrons will be notified directly by the FCL ILL Department, either by phone, email or letter, whatever you prefer.

Where do I pick up my material up and how long will it be held?

  • Books will be placed at the Circulation Desk the library you have requested it to be sent to, either the Main Library or Farmington Branch. Books will be held under the last name of the individual who requested the material and checked out under this name. Unless we are notified by the patron differently, materials will be held for two weeks.

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Can I renew my ILL books?

  • Several days before your due date email the ILL Department or call 248•553•0300 asking for a Reference Librarian. Indicate you would like to renew an ILL item giving your name, telephone number, the title and author. You will be given a tentative two week renewal. You will be contacted only if the due date given by the lending library is different or denied.

Whom should I contact if I have a problem or a question?

  • You may call the Farmington Community Library at 248•553•0300 and ask for the Interlibrary Loan Department or email them.

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How much does it cost?

  • This is a free service provided to anyone who qualifies for a Farmington Community Library card (lives, works, goes to school, or pay taxes in Farmington /Farmington Hills). Charges will be incurred for lost or damaged materials. Overdue fines are $.25 per day which is the same as for all other Farmington Community Library materials.

Where do I return the books when I am finished?

  • All books must be returned to the Circulation Desk at the branch of the Farmington Community Library at which you checked it out to guarantee proper return to the lending library. Please do not return items in the outside book chute. Photocopies of articles are yours to keep unless otherwise noted.

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