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The Reciprocal Borrowing Program (RBP) enables Illinois public library cardholders to visit other public libraries throughout the state and check out materials on their home library card. Illinois libraries are very good but, no individual library can have everything. On those occasions when the item (book, video, CD or periodical) an individual wants is either not owned by or currently unavailable at their library, they can opt to go to another library where the material is ready for their use.
Every public library that is a member of an Illinois Regional Library System must agree to participate in RBP. However, each library sets its own restrictions and guidelines on RBP transactions. Some libraries honor only cards issued by libraries within their regional system and others restrict access to new releases or items in a certain format. To avoid disappointment it is recommended that after checking a library's online catalog, a call be placed to verify that the desired material is actually available.
After using the material, an individual may return the item to any Illinois public library. Materials borrowed are not considered returned until they reach their "home" library. To prevent paying fines and late fees, material should be returned (three or four days is usually sufficient) in time for the item to get back to the library from which it was checked out.
Sample Reciprocal Borrowing Policies
- Dupage Library System
- Lewis and Clark Library System
- Lincoln Trail Libraries System
- Metropolitan Library System
- Rolling Prairie Library System
- Shawnee Library System