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Interlibrary Loan Services

Books and other materials not owned by libraries within the Minuteman Network can often be obtained from libraries in other networks within Massachusetts and throughout the United States.

Use Interlibrary Loan (see below) to request any items you can't get through the Minuteman Network or the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat).  Please limit your ILL request to 1 per week.

Request an Interlibrary Loan:

  • Fill out a Somerville Public Library Materials Request Form (obtained from the reference desk) and give it to the reference librarian at the reference desk OR
  • Call the library at 617-623-5000 X 2955, or X 2964, OR
  • Email requests using the form below.

How you will be notified:

  • E-mail (if you've given us your email address) OR
  • Telephone Message

Where you will pick up the item:

Depending on your preference, requested items will be held for you upstairs at the Reference Desk at the Central Library or the circulation desks at the branches. Requested items will be held for you at the library until they are due. Interlibrary loan materials are charged out for varying periods, determined by the owning library. Renewals are sometimes possible. Contact the interlibrary loan department as soon as you know that you need a renewal by emailing or calling 617-623-5000 x2941. Loans must be returned to the library or its branches in Somerville.

Patrons may request magazine and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan as well using the Journal Article Request Form. Articles that are five pages or less are free.  After the first five pages there is a fee of 15 cents per page.

Please note that the length of time it takes for us to receive materials owned by libraries outside the Minuteman Network varies depending on their point of origin and availability.  For more information, please call the Interlibrary Loan Department at (617) 623-5000 x2941 or email

Notice of Possible Fees

"Interlibrary Loan" means book/materials borrowed from outside of our local Minuteman Library Network - not libraries like Cambridge, Arlington, Medford, Newton, Waltham, and other MLN system libraries. (See here for a list of MLN libraries.) These MLN borrowings are what our librarians call "interchange" loans, not Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

We will not be able to tell in advance when you make a request if it will be free. We will, of course, try to borrow from a free lender first.

We will need to know in advance if you are will willing to pay for your ILL requests. Please put "free," "up to $10," "up to $20," or "at any cost" on your request. If you agree to a fee you will need to bring a check payable to "Wellesley Free Library" (our regional ILL library) when you pick up the item.

Interlibrary Loan Forms

Email Requests:

Please copy and paste the appropriate form below into an email and email the completed form to

Materials Request Form for Books, VHS, DVD, CD, ETC

Author (Last, First):                                                                                 ILL = Yes


Format: (VHS, DVD, CD, ETC)

Publisher:                                                           ISBN:                                  Year:


Your Name:

Please check one of the following:

     __ Free                         __ Up to $10          __Up to $20                          __ At any cost

Phone #:                                                           Email:

Library Card #:

Pick up at:    ____Central Library    ____West Branch    ____East Branch


Journal Article Request Form

Today's Date

Mark one: ___ Please email the journal article to me. My email address is                        

                 ___ I will pick up a photocopy of the article when I am contacted and pay 15 cents
                          per page (first 5 pages free).
                          Pick up at:    ____Central Library    ____West Branch    ____East Branch

Journal Title:

Article Title:

Article Author:                                                              ISSN:

Date:                                        Volume:                        Number:           Page(s):                       

Your Name:                                                     Address:

Phone:                                                              Library Card Number: