Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a way for you to borrow items not owned by libraries within the Bridges Library System. These borrowed items may come from libraries in Wisconsin or from other libraries in the continental United States.  Although items may be listed on the Wisconsin State Catalog (WISCAT) or WorldCat, there is no requirement for libraries to participate in the ILL system.  It is the decision of the owning library whether or not they will lend their materials.

Placing an Interlibrary Loan request is different than placing a hold. If you see an item you’d like to borrow from the Bridges Library System/Café Catalog, you may place a hold on the item and have it sent to the library of your choice.  Interlibrary Loan items are items from outside the Bridges/Café Library System.


Anyone with a Bridges/Café Library Card in good standing may request items through ILL. The library reserves the right to refuse Interlibrary Loan services to patrons who have kept ILL materials past due dates and/or who have repeatedly requested items and not picked them up.

Item Availability  

You may use WISCAT to see holdings of most of the libraries in Wisconsin. WISCAT can be searched from any computer or mobile device with Internet access at Most items that appear in WISCAT are eligible for ILL.  If you have questions, or would like assistance with your search, reference staff are happy to assist you. Occasionally, we are able to request materials from outside of Wisconsin through WorldCat, which may be accessed at


ILL requests are accepted at the reference desk. There is a limit of five ILL requests per library card at one time. We are unable to request audiovisual materials (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) from out of state libraries.  We also cannot request items that have been published in the past year due to popular demand at the owning libraries.  You may submit a purchase request for these items at the reference desk which will then be evaluated by the adult services and youth services librarians for potential purchase.

  • Books may be requested through ILL
  • CDs & DVDs may be requested from Wisconsin Libraries
  • Genealogical materials do not circulate
  • Entire magazine and journal issues are not available through ILL. It may be possible to request an article to be photocopied, but will depend on the library who owns the material
  • Older formats such as audiocassettes, videocassettes, CD-Roms and record albums may be requested, but they are often difficult to obtain due to limited availability in library collections


There is no cost for you to request ILL items. The overhead costs associated with interlibrary loan are absorbed by the library.  The Oconomowoc Public Library does not borrow items from libraries that charge additional ILL fees.  By law, public libraries cannot pass ILL fees along to customers; therefore, we cannot borrow items from libraries that charge a fee.

Waiting Time

The amount of time it takes to receive an ILL item can vary greatly depending on the location of the item. On average, items arrive in 2-4 weeks, but the waiting time can be longer or shorter depending on the owning library’s response time and the amount of time needed for shipment.  We appreciate your patience during this process.

Due Dates

Due dates for ILL items are set by the owning library and we are obliged to honor these dates. A typical loan period averages one to three weeks.  We ask that you please be respectful of these loan periods, as ILL is a courtesy between libraries that can be ended if items are repeatedly kept late or damaged.


ILL items often cannot be renewed. If you find you need an item longer than the owning library allows, you may call the Oconomowoc Public Library and we will attempt to renew the item.  If we are unable to renew the item, you must return it and can re-request it at a later date.

Late Fines

There is a $1.00 per day, per item, late fee charged to your library account on overdue ILL items. Please note that all ILL items that were ordered for you by the Oconomowoc Public Library must be returned directly to our library.  It is important that you return your items on time.  Interlibrary loan is a courtesy between libraries, which is only possible with everyone’s cooperation.

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