Inter-Library Loans | Goldfields Library Corporation

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If you can't find the item you're looking for in our collection, you can request to borrow it from another library through an inter-library loan.

If the item is less than two years old, you may instead request that we purchase a copy. To suggest a purchase, click here.

Inter-library loan FAQs

How do I make a request?

How long will it take to receive requested items?

How much does an inter-library loan cost?

How many items can I request?

Can I request items from any library in Australia?

How can I check on the progress of my request?

Need more help?


How do I make a request?

Before placing an inter-library loan, please search our catalogue to make sure we don't already have the item. Items already in our collection cannot be requested as inter-library loans.

To place an inter-library loan request:

  1. Go to the Library Link Victoria website
  2. Log in to your library account using your library card barcode and PIN (if you need help with this, please get in touch).

How long will it take to receive requested items?

We cannot guarantee the availability or supply time of the material requested, but most requests are successfully supplied within a few weeks. 

How much does an inter-library loan cost?

All inter-library loans will incur a charge. Please see the table below. We will attempt to borrow your item from another Victorian public library. In the event that it is only available at a state, national, academic or special library, we will contact you before proceeding. 

Special conditions may apply to some loans. We'll make sure to explain these to you before proceeding.

Victorian public libraries $2
State Library of Victoria (must read in library. Includes postage) $12
Interstate public libraries (includes postage) $12
University and special libraries (includes postage) $42.30
National Library of Australia (includes postage) $42.30
Journal articles (depends on size) from $18.50
  • You will need to pay for your item(s) upon collection.
  • Items ordered but not collected will still be charged. (Please let us know immediately if you change your mind).
  • Charges for damaged or lost items will be set by the lending library. This can be up to $150.
  • Items not returned will result in the suspension of this service for you.

    Please note: Due to money handling constraints, library agency patrons are currently exempt from the $2 inter-library loan fees. Higher charges still apply.

    How many items can I request?

    Each library member can request five inter-library loans at once. 

    Please note: All Victorian public libraries will loan items for four weeks, with no renewals. Other libraries may have different lending times. Your Library Link Victoria account will keep track of these for you.

    Can I request items from any library in Australia?

    Library Link Victoria (LLV) will search almost every library collection in Australia, but not all libraries will supply material from their collections.  Eg. Some libraries do no lend AV Material like CDs, DVDs and talking books. 

    Please see inter-library loan charges for costs associated with the different libraries and their terms and conditions.

    How can I check the progress of my request?

    1. Log in to your Library Link Victoria account using your library card barcode and PIN
    2. Open the Requests tab to view current requests

    Need more help? Contact the inter-library loans team

    Phone: 03 5447 8344


    Suggesting a purchase

    Before placing a purchase request, please search the catalogue to make sure we do not already have the item.

    If a purchase is made, the item will be reserved for you when it arrives. You will be notified by SMS or email when the item is ready for collection.

    All purchases must meet our collection management plan. If a purchase is not made, we'll send a message to your library account. You may then request it as an inter-library loan.

    suggest a purchase

     For more help, contact your local library.