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Interlibrary Loan

Can I borrow an item that is not owned by the Butte County Library?
Yes, there are several options for fulfilling your request.

  1. We can try to borrow these items for you from other libraries in Northern California. This service is called Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and is available to Butte County Library patrons with library cards in good standing. Each library patron is entitled to place requests for 12 items per year free of charge. Subsequent Interlibrary Loan requests will be processed for a non-refundable fee of $28 per requested item. Please limit requests to four (4) per day
  2. Butte County Libraries are also part of a new project funded by LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) called Zip Books which allows the Library to either purchase the item you request through Amazon and shipped directly to the patron's home. This project explores an alternative to traditional Interlibrary Loan.

How do I make a request?

You may login to the library catalog with your library card number & PIN. Click on the "Your purchase suggestions" link and create a new purchase suggestion. If the librarian declines to purchase your request they will attempt to fill your request by Interlibrary Loan or ZipBooks program.

You can request items by telephone or in person at any Butte County Library branch. You can also submit your request online through CalCat, the California Libraries Catalog, by searching for the title you want, then clicking the “Borrow this item from another library” link.

If you have not used CalCat and think you may request again, registering will speed up the process for you.

  • Click on My Account.
  • Click on New User Registration.
  • Fill in your information.
  • Click on Register.

Return to the search screen by clicking on the Searching tab.
When you have found the title you are looking for, click on the title.
To request the book, click on Borrow this item from another library.
Your account information will appear. Select Branch and Pick-up location.
Click on Submit.

What kind of items can be requested?
You may request books, photocopies of periodicals, and census microfilm from Interlibrary Loan. You may request regular print, large print or audiobooks from the Zip Books program.

Is there a charge for Interlibrary Loan or Zip Books?
The first 12 requests placed per year are free; subsequent requests will be placed for a fee of $28 per item. Fees are due at the time the request is placed and are non refundable even if the requested item becomes unavailable. There are no fees for requesting or receiving a Zip Book.

How long will it take to receive my Interlibrary Loan or Zip Book?
Please allow a minimum of three weeks for an Interlibrary Loan. It may not take that long but faster service cannot be guaranteed. We need to find a library that owns the item, is willing to lend it, and where it is not checked out to another borrower. Zip Books generally arrive within one week of ordering.

What happens if my Interlibrary Loan or Zip Book request cannot be filled?
Every effort will be made to fill each request placed; however, circumstances change and occasionally items become unexpectedly unavailable. In this instance, the request placed will still be deducted from the 12 free allowed per year. Any associated fees that have been paid are non refundable. If your request is ineligible for Zip Books we will try to fill the request through Interlibrary Loan.

How do I get my Interlibrary Loan?
You will be notified by either our automated email notification or phone notification system. You will have a limited period of time to pick up your items at the library.

How long can I keep an Interlibrary Loan item?
The lending library determines the length of the loan. You will not be able to renew it, and it is important that the items are returned on time. Otherwise, we may lose borrowing privileges from the lending library.

How long can I keep a Zip Book item?
There is no due date associated with the Zip Book but please try to return it within 3 weeks of receiving your shipment. Please return the book to a staff member with the Amazon packing slip if possible.

Colored Book Bands:
Items from libraries outside the Butte County Library system wear an identifying paper band. The band helps us both - you and the Library - to keep track of these special items. To ensure safe return of the material, please do not remove the band.

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