Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a way of obtaining books from other libraries when a particular title is not available at the New Haven Free Public Library. Average wait time for an ILL book is four to six weeks. If you need a book sooner, you may wish to borrow it directly from a neighboring library. *Please note that you may borrow books from any public library in Connecticut using your New Haven Free Public Library card.

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Interlibrary loan service is available to New Haven residents who have a valid library card. For information on registering for a library card visit any library branch or pre-register for a card here:

Allowable Items
Only books may be requested using Interlibrary Loan. (*except for newly published books)

The following items cannot be requested: books on CD, audio books, sound recordings/CDs, DVDs, VHS videos, new books*, reference books, textbooks, magazines and newspapers.

Requests may be placed in person at Ives Main Library or any of the branches. Your ILL materials may be picked up and returned to any NHFPL branch. Branch location and hours are listed here:

If you have any questions about our interlibrary loan service or would like to know the status of your interlibrary loan request, please contact us at: 203-946-8130 at ext. 114.