State Library members can request materials from other libraries through the inter-library loan service, if the titles you are looking for are not held in our collection.
Changes to inter library loans from 1 January 2020
From 1 January there will be some revised changes to the inter-library loans service and the following items will not be available for inter-library lending:
- New adult fiction and non-fiction items in public libraries (12 months or under)
- New junior, young adult & audio titles in public libraries (12 months or under)
- All DVDs
Exceptions will be made for library members with special needs; including people with disabilities requiring particular formats; people who are housebound; for access to material in languages other than English for members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and for small non-metropolitan libraries serving communities of less than 1,500 population where alternative access to library materials is limited. Please see Frequently Asked Questions for further information.
You can track your orders, cancel requests or renew inter-library loans in My Requests. Searching and requesting assistance is also available on this page.
Inter-library loans will be delivered to the Welcome Desk on the ground floor of the State Library. Delivery times vary, but items not picked up within 7 days will be returned to the lending library.
Fees may apply for some items and payment is required before the loan is processed. Additional conditions may apply to rare or high demand items.
If you are requesting items from libraries that are not part of the WA public library network, the following items are not available:
- Fiction (unless needed for research purposes) and non-fiction items of insubstantial content
- Student/academic textbooks
- Car manuals
- Family history material
- Serials, maps, patents, Standards, CD ROM or images.
- Out of print