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The Family History Library does not participate in the Interlibrary Loan program. Your options include:
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Interlibrary loan is just one of several options researchers have for obtaining sources from distant archives and libraries.  
  
Ordering the item (if it is in film or fiche format) at your local LDS Family History Center.
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=== Getting Results with Interlibrary Loan (ILL) ===
  
* Checking http://www.worldcat.org to find a library near you which has the item available.
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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can be an important genealogical resource. Most public and academic libraries offer interlibrary loan service to obtain books, microfilms, or other materials from distant libraries for free, or for a small charge. However, some libraries are reluctant to loan genealogical material through interlibrary loan.  
* Visiting your local public or academic library and ask them to request an interlibrary loan copy from another library.
 
  
If what you are wanting is a book in our collection that has not yet been microfilmed you can request that the book be microfilmed, and then order the film to be sent to your local LDS family history center where you can view it. You can ask family history center staff to help you fill out form 31806, Request to Microfilm a Book. Note that the only books that can be microfilmed are those which are out of copyright or those whose copyright holders will give FamilySearch permission to microfilm them. If the book can be microfilmed or placed on microfiche, the library will notify the patron when the filming is completed. (It may take several months to get permission from the copyright holder to put the record on film.) The library will send the form back to the family history center and will list the film or fiche number the patron can order. If the book cannot be microfilmed or placed on microfiche, it will be noted on the back of the request form and returned to the center.
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'''What you will need.''' To use Interlibrary Loan you will need to know:
  
If you want to own a copy of the item yourself you can try the following options:
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*author (if any) of the work
* Order a copy of the item through your local bookstore.  
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*title of the work
* Search http://www.bookfinder4u.com or a similar online site to locate a copy you can buy.  
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*name of the library with a copy of the work
* Contact the author directly if the item was self-published.  
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* Search http://www.ebay.com to see if a copy of the item is available for sale.  
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'''Finding what you need.''' This information can usually be found using the online catalog of the library that has the work. The largest is the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]], but other catalogs can also be found by using the [http://www.google.com/ Google search engine] to find each individual library.
* Search http://www.powells.com/
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Telephone several public or academic libraries near your home to see which has the least expensive interlibrary loan service, and ask them for instructions about ordering. This usually involves filling out a form (either online or paper) and paying a fee (if any).
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Most interlibrary loan orders are filled withing two weeks.
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=== Family History Library  ===
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You can order and view most microfilms and microfiche from the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah at a branch [https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center] near your home for a small shipping fee. To obtain microfilm or microfiche numbers to order see the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]]. For addresses, telephones, and hours of FamilySearch Centers near your home see [https://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Find a FamilySearch Center].  
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However, the Family History Library does '''not''' participate in the Interlibrary Loan program. Books at the Family History Library do '''not''' circulate.  
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=== Other options  ===
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If you would like to view a work listed in the Family History Library Catalog (or elsewhere) that is not also available on microfilm or microfiche, and is not available via the FamilySearch Center system, here are a few options:
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*Check [http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat], an online catalog of thousands of libraries, to find a library near you which has the item available.
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*Contact your local public or academic library and ask them to request an interlibrary loan copy from another library to your local library.
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*Request photocopies of 25 or less pages of works that are not available through interlibrary loan.
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*[[Hiring a Professional Researcher|Hire a researcher]] in the area of the archive or library to search it for you.  
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*Contact the archive or library with the original copy to learn what options they have to give you access to the item, such as purchasing a microfilm copy.
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Read additional suggestions in the [[Buying, Borrowing, or Searching a Book]] Wiki page.  
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Revision as of 16:45, 19 September 2011

Interlibrary loan is just one of several options researchers have for obtaining sources from distant archives and libraries.

Getting Results with Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can be an important genealogical resource. Most public and academic libraries offer interlibrary loan service to obtain books, microfilms, or other materials from distant libraries for free, or for a small charge. However, some libraries are reluctant to loan genealogical material through interlibrary loan.

What you will need. To use Interlibrary Loan you will need to know:

  • author (if any) of the work
  • title of the work
  • name of the library with a copy of the work

Finding what you need. This information can usually be found using the online catalog of the library that has the work. The largest is the Worldcat Online Catalog, but other catalogs can also be found by using the Google search engine to find each individual library.

Telephone several public or academic libraries near your home to see which has the least expensive interlibrary loan service, and ask them for instructions about ordering. This usually involves filling out a form (either online or paper) and paying a fee (if any).

Most interlibrary loan orders are filled withing two weeks.

Family History Library

You can order and view most microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah at a branch FamilySearch Center near your home for a small shipping fee. To obtain microfilm or microfiche numbers to order see the Family History Library Catalog. For addresses, telephones, and hours of FamilySearch Centers near your home see Find a FamilySearch Center.

However, the Family History Library does not participate in the Interlibrary Loan program. Books at the Family History Library do not circulate.

Other options

If you would like to view a work listed in the Family History Library Catalog (or elsewhere) that is not also available on microfilm or microfiche, and is not available via the FamilySearch Center system, here are a few options:

  • Check WorldCat, an online catalog of thousands of libraries, to find a library near you which has the item available.
  • Contact your local public or academic library and ask them to request an interlibrary loan copy from another library to your local library.
  • Request photocopies of 25 or less pages of works that are not available through interlibrary loan.
  • Hire a researcher in the area of the archive or library to search it for you.
  • Contact the archive or library with the original copy to learn what options they have to give you access to the item, such as purchasing a microfilm copy.

Read additional suggestions in the Buying, Borrowing, or Searching a Book Wiki page.