Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows you access to books and periodical articles not available in the Tuscaloosa Public Library system. We borrow these items for you from other libraries with which we have borrowing agreements at no cost to you.

Patrons are limited to 3 active requests, including items checked out or in process. Once checked out, these items count as part of your 20 book check out limit. We do not borrow books published within the past year or any audio-visual materials. This includes audio books on CD, cassettes, DVDs, Blu-rays, or musical CDs.

To be eligible to receive ILL materials you must have an up-to-date library card, no fines above $1.00 and no overdue items on your account.

Most requests are filled in one to three weeks. However, it may take much longer for certain items, and some items may be unavailable. A staff member will notify you by the contact method you have chosen when the item arrives, if more information is needed, or if the item is not available.

Books may be picked up and returned at the main branch reference desk, the main desks of Taylorville-Brown and Weaver-Bolden, or the Bookmobile. Please specify the pickup location in the request form. ILL books should not be placed in the book drop at any branch.

Loan periods vary depending on the lending library. Please contact the library at least two days before your due date if you would like to renew your item.

Please contact the ILL Department at (205) 345-5820 or for renewals, requests or any questions you may have.