Can't find something in the Library's collection?
Then extend your reach through the Interlibrary Loan Service.
With a valid library card patrons can request books, articles and audiovisual materials from a vast network of libraries – a $5 fee applies for every filled request. Patrons with reciprocal library cards and non‑verified addresses are ineligible for the service.
We always try to find other libraries that lend their items for free. However, this is not always possible and additional loan charges may apply. Patrons will be notified through their online account if an additional charge applies. We will not proceed with the request until the patron notifies us that they accept responsibility for the additional charge.
In order to comply with the American Library Association's National Interlibrary Loan Code, items published within the past 12 months, reference works owned by the Library System, and whole issues of magazines or newspapers cannot be requested.
Placing a Request
To place an Interlibrary Loan request, contact the reference desk of your local branch. Requests must include complete bibliographic information, e.g., author, title and publication date. For an article request, the periodical title, volume, number, date, and pages are needed.
The Miami‑Dade Public Library System charges a $5 fee for each filled Interlibrary Loan request. In addition, lending libraries may charge a fee for the use of their materials. The patron is responsible for these additional fees. Patrons will be notified through their online accounts if an additional charge applies, and the Library will not proceed with the request until the patron contacts the Interlibrary Loan Office and agrees to accept responsibility for the additional charge.
Payment in the form of a check or money order made payable to the lending library must be made at the time of check‑out. Cash is not accepted. Payment for lost or overdue materials are the sole responsibility of the patron. Overdue Interlibrary Loan materials and financial charges will result in a suspension of borrowing privileges in this library system.
Notification & Status
Items will be sent to the indicated pick‑up branch, where the patron will be notified of their arrival. Items not picked up by the due date will be sent back to the Interlibrary Loan office for their return to the lending library. Patrons will also be informed when requested materials are not available.
Patrons may request renewals phone at 305‑375‑4068 two days before the due date. Renewal requests may or may not be granted by the lending library. Items that cannot be renewed must be returned immediately.
Photocopies are not checked out and do not have a due date. Free photocopies will be mailed to the patron's address. Photocopies for which there is a charge will be sent to the pick‑up branch. To retrieve the article, the patron must provide a check or money order in the specified amount to the lending library (this information will be included with the photocopy), not to MDPLS. Cash is not accepted.
Materials must be returned by the indicated due date. Patrons must follow any restrictions placed by the lending library, e.g., materials are for in library use only, cannot be photocopied, etc. The patron agrees to take proper care of the materials and assumes responsibilities for replacement or repair costs if materials are lost or damaged. Materials cannot be left in bookdrops. Borrowers must return ILL items in person to one of the public service desks at any branch.