Interlibrary Loan Policy 

    The Coventry Public Library recognizes the importance of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service and perceives it as a core library service. As a member of Ocean State Libraries and the Library of Rhode Island (LORI), the library shares most of its collections with the patrons of other libraries.  

    All materials: print, non-print, realia, and digital (when possible) are available to all who come into the library in person. 


    The following materials are available for Interlibrary Loan (allow holds) from Coventry Public Library: 

    Circulating Books 

    Circulation Periodicals 

    Circulating non-print materials (DVDs, CDs, Audio books, Games, etc.) 

    Photocopies of non-circulating materials 

    The following materials are not available for Interlibrary Loan from Coventry Public Library: 

    Reference Materials 

    Special Collection Materials 

    Express Collection 


    Story Packs 

    Cake Pans 

    Fishing Poles & Tackle Boxes 


    Museum Passes 

    Databases with prohibitive Vendor License Agreements 

    Responsibilities of Requesting Libraries: 

    • Interlibrary Loan does not take the place of adequate collection development. 

    • Requested material should be described completely and accurately. 

    • The requesting library is responsible for borrowed materials until they are returned and received by the loaning library. This includes damage/loss of requested materials. 

    • Photocopies of materials not available for Interlibrary Loan are allowed within the parameters of U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code).  

    • The requesting library will honor the loan period of the loaning library. Every effort will be made to ensure materials are returned on time. Renewal requests will be made to the loaning library. Material may be recalled at any time. 

    Responsibilities of the Loaning Library: 

    • Loaning library will honor the material request within 3 business days. 

    • Any special instructions for the use of materials will accompany the loaned materials. 

    • Loaning library will provide complete information identifying borrowing patron. 

    • Loan period is the same as regular circulation loan period for material categories. 

    • If material is in disrepair, such condition will be noted before material is sent to requesting library. 

    Other Conditions: 

    • All ILL transactions are confidential. 

    • ILL records will be kept in accordance with state/federal laws. 

    • No transaction fees will be charged. 

    • No overdue fines will be charged to the requesting library.