Inter-Library Loans | Goldfields Library Corporation

Inter Library Loans

Before proceeding with an inter library loan request, please check our catalogue to make sure we don’t already have the item.

Currently interlibrary loans requests will be quite limited, as Melbourne libraries are still closed and have suspended all interlibrary loans until mid-October due to COVID-19.  Some regional libraries are offering interlibrary loans, so please email your requests and we will try our best to get your item, but there is no guarantee.  Our email address is:

Please review our interlibrary loan fees before you proceed, as the cost has gone to $5.00 from Victorian public libraries.

Members of the Goldfields Library Service may request an Interlibrary Loan through Libraries Australia.  Libraries Australia is the combined catalogue of Australian libraries. Libraries Australia is a resource sharing service coordinated by the National Library of Australia for Australian libraries and their users. It is used for reference, collection development, cataloguing and interlibrary lending.

The heart of Libraries Australia is the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD), which records the location details of over 45 million items held in most Australian academic, research, national, state, public and special libraries. Customers can access the Libraries Australia database through Trove and have the ability to make online requests via this database.

This website is not operated by the GLC. You should familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions and privacy policy of this site.

Only items not found in the Goldfields Library catalogue and more than 2 years old may be requested, please check our catalogue before placing an Interlibrary Loan request.   OR if the item is less than 2 years old – see the Suggested Purchase Link below.

Inter Library Loans Guidelines

  • Goldfields Library has no control over what other lending libraries may or may not lend, their response times or loan conditions.
  • The maximum number of Interlibrary Loan requests per borrower is five (5).
  • It is possible to request AV material, however, many libraries do not lend this type of material.
  • Depending on the lending library -Interlibrary Loans cannot be renewed.
  • Renewals will not be sought unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • We will attempt to obtain your item from another public library, however, in the event that it is only available at a State, National, Academic or Special library, we will contact you before proceeding with the request
  • Please avoid duplicating your requests. Contact your local branch if you haven’t heard about your request. Response times to Interlibrary Loan requests vary from 1-6 weeks. This is determined by the supplying library and availability of the material requested.
  • Members must adhere to conditions of loans from supplying libraries.  Some libraries lend material on the condition that it is “For use in library only”. Eg. Victorian State Library

Inter Library Loan Fees

Charges apply for this service and some special conditions may also apply:

  • Inter library loans from Victorian Public Libraries cost $5.00 or what mark sets it at.
  • Inter library loans from the Victorian State Library cost $5.00 and must be read in the library
  • Inter library loans from Interstate Public Libraries cost $15.00, which includes postage
  • Inter library loans from the University and Special Libraries including the National Library of Australia start at $28.50, plus $10.00 postage. 
  • All journal articles requested start at a fee of $18.50 or more depending on the size of the document.
  • Items returned after the due date incur a fine of $1.00 per day, per item
  • Items ordered but not collected will still be charged the inter library loan fee. Please let the library know ASAP if you change your mind about an inter library loan.
  • Charges for damaged or lost items, are set by the lending library. PLEASE NOTE: The National Library of Australia charges $150.00 if item is damaged or lost.
  • Late or non-return of an Interlibrary Loan, may result in the suspension of this service.

Fees and charges for inter library loans are payable on collection of the item.

Continue here to place a interlibrary loan request. 

Suggest a Purchase

Please check our catalogue first to make sure we don’t already have the item you are looking for.

If you can't find the item you can request for the library to purchase it. The items must meet our collection management plan. If your suggestion is purchased, a reservation is placed on your behalf.

Click through to the Suggest a Purchase page and enter your borrower number and pin. 

Contact the Inter Library Loans Team

Telephone: 03 5447 8344