The mission of the Schenectady County Public Library is to satisfy our community's educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs by providing free and open access to a comprehensive range of materials, services and programs.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan service (ILL) is provided by the Schenectady County Public Library and its branches for materials that member libraries in the Mohawk Valley and Southern Adirondack Library Systems do not own. This service operates in accordance with local (Capital District Library Council, MVLS, SALS) and national (American Library Association) guidelines.

In conjunction with CDLC, the library can request materials from the Capital District and beyond. Most of these loans are free. Occasionally, the lending library may charge for copies or materials that are rare. These charges are passed along to the patron. Additionally, if an item is only available outside of the CDLC service area, a postage fee of $5 will be charged.

To request items from beyond the SALS/MVLS system through interlibrary loan, patrons must:

  1. Have a library card from the MVLS service area.
  2. Be a patron in good standing.
  3. Have a current mail address and telephone number where they can be reached.
  4. Agree to comply with any restrictions on the use of materials and return materials on time and in the same condition in which they were received.
  5. New Borrowers (holding a library card for 30 or fewer days) must use interlibrary loan materials in the library and not check them out.