Interlibrary Loan

Peacham Library participates in the state’s interlibrary loan system.  This means that you can request a book, audio book or video from almost any library, not only in Vermont, but also in the US!  You can come in to the library and fill out a form or send us an email with the item’s title and author (and, if it is an unusual item, any other information you may have such as publisher, year of publication and ISBN).  We’ll request the book from another library and let you know when it arrives.  Most in-state items arrive within 2 weeks, out-of-state items may take a month.  Be aware that newer items are often difficult to borrow as libraries like to give priority to their own patrons.  Check-out period is generally the same period that you have for Peacham Library items.

If you want to find out if an item is available in the state, you can check the state’s new catalog here.  It looks like a blank screen with a search box at the top.  Type in your search string — key words, title, author and click on the magnifying glass.  You can also narrow your search to just look at titles or authors or subjects by clicking on the check mark to the left of the search box and selecting your search index. Or you can conduct an advanced search by clicking on Other Searches to the right of the search box.

Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries Peacham Library is able to use the courier system of Vermont to help to defray our postage costs. The Department supports the mission of local public libraries to provide easy interlibrary loan access for all patrons. Access to a statewide interlibrary loan system supports this.

In addition to the statewide interlibrary loan system, the Department of Libraries administers an interlibrary loan courier service contract and provides grants to those public libraries that can be added to the service by the vendor. The purpose of this grant is to make it possible for public libraries to provide interlibrary loan services to their communities without the rising costs of postage limiting service access.

Updated January 10, 2022


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