Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a cooperative resource sharing service that allows customers to borrow materials from other library systems in the United States that are not owned by the Fairfax County Public Library. Before ordering an item through ILL, customers should check the library catalog to make sure it is not already owned. As a Loudoun County resident, you can get library cards at any public library in the jurisdictions participating in the regional reciprocal lending program. Each library has its own policy on how to obtain a library card at any of the program's public libraries.
Please note that LCPL does not share user information or catalog information with any other library in the reciprocal program; therefore, you will have to follow the library card application process required by the other library. The Interlibrary Lending Department will do its best to obtain the materials requested. If there is a problem with a request, they will contact you to explore access options. They appreciate customers taking them into account if their logistics management service is delayed as a result.
Reciprocal loan agreements provide users who hold Fauquier County Public Library cards the opportunity to borrow materials from several other library systems in the county. In turn, residents of participating jurisdictions that grant privileges to residents of Fauquier County have the right to use the Fauquier County Public Library free of charge. Any Fairfax County Public Library card holder who lives, works, attends school, or owns a property in Fairfax County and has an active account up to date (with no restrictions or blocks) can use their card at any of these libraries. Library cards are free for county residents and for residents of areas that have loan agreements with the Fauquier County Public Library.
An active account means from the moment an application is submitted until the item is returned to the ILL office in the Technical Operations department of the FCPL.