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Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan? Who can use it?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service that provides materials that are not available in the Kankakee Public Library (KPL) collection. KPL card holders can request to borrow a multitude of resources such as books, audiovisuals, newspaper and periodical articles, microfilm, and musical scores from libraries located all across the United States.

What can and cannot be requested?

Books in a variety of languages, large print books, audiovisual materials, theses and dissertations, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks can all be requested. Items that are not eligible include computer software, e-books, textbooks, and most Genealogy materials.

How long will my ILL take to arrive?

Depending on the availability and location of the materials, requests can take one to six weeks.

How long can I keep my item?

The lending library sets the due date, but the average is usually two weeks. You can request a renewal by calling the ILL office (954.357.7442). You can also access your account in WorldCat to review renewals through the Patron Resource Sharing Tab.

How many requests can I have at a time?

Borrowers may have five active ILL items at a time; this includes submitted, in transit, and received materials.

What does "in house only" mean?

Some lending libraries require that their materials be used only in our library building.

Can I place an ILL request myself?

You may log into our KPL catalog databases, including WorldCat. You may submit an Interlibrary Loan request at this site by filling out our online form completely.

Where is my ILL?

Check at our Circulation Desk when you arrive at the Kankakee Public Library. You'll need your Kankakee Public Library card to confirm your account and match your ILL request.


Please do not return ILL items in our drop box.

What do I do if I have other questions?

Please contact Candy Zoerner at, or 815.937.6901.

Requests for materials can be placed electronically through the WorldCat database, or at the Library with a librarian's assistance. 


If you use the online service, the following steps will assist you in handling your requests:


  • ​First check to see if the item is in our Catalog

  • If the item isn't in our Catalog, search WorldCat

You will need your Kankakee Public Library card information

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