Interloan is a co-operative scheme where libraries throughout New Zealand lend items to each other. This allows library members to gain access to items not in the Dunedin Public Libraries’ collection.

How do I make an Interloan Request?

There are a number of ways you can do this:

What can be borrowed ?

  • Books
  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Theses
  • Music Scores

Some items are loaned to us on the condition that they are used within the library only.

What can’t be borrowed?

  • Items marked ‘Reference Only’.
  • Items already part of the Dunedin Public Libraries’ collection.
  • Items required by educational institution’s own students.
  • New and popular items.

Any library has the right to refuse to lend something.

How long will it take to arrive?

Interloan requests are processed daily. However the time to fulfill a request depends on the availability of the item at other libraries.  Most requests arrive within one to two weeks.

What are the charges?

Inter–loan cost $10 (plus any additional charges over the standard fee).

How long can I borrow an item for?

Loan periods are set by the library that supplies the item, and it is usually about 3-4 weeks. Items may be renewed if they are not required by the supplying library. Renewals are processed by the Information Services Team.

What happens when the item arrives?

When your item arrives the item is issued to your library record, and we will contact you by phone or email asking you to collect it.