Fast Facts

Materials which are sometimes difficult to obtain include: rare or valuable material, books published within the last two years, reference material, genealogy, microfilm/fiche, and audiovisual materials. Please allow extra time to receive these kinds of materials.

The lending library has the right to impose certain limitations on material borrowed from their collection. These limitations include no renewals or in library use only.

Interlibrary Loan service is provided by TCCL as a free service.  A $1.00 postal recovery fee is assessed to the customer's library card for each item borrowed using InterLibrary Loan. Photocopy request charges will be 10 cents per page.  If a free lender cannot be found for a particular request, ILL will notify the customer and will not proceed further with that request without the agreement by the customer to pay for the charges.  Such charges are then not assessed unless we are able to acquire the material.

Material not owned by the Tulsa City-County Library System may be requested through Interlibrary Loan with the exception of materials with current year copyrights; entire issues of periodicals/magazines; and electronic materials such as computer software, audio files, and Rosetta Stone due to licensing restrictions. A customer can have no more than 30 active ILL requests at any given time.

Most Interlibrary Loan material is received within 2-6 weeks from the time the request is received in the ILL office. However, some materials take longer to arrive. Be sure to indicate on the request form if the material is needed by a certain date. You will be notified by mail or email (determined by notification preference listed at registration) when materials are available.

Any Tulsa City-County Library customer with a valid individual library card may use the Interlibrary Loan Service. Institution cards may not be used for ILL, as an individual must be responsible for safe return of items.  Temporary/Visitor cards will always have In Library Use Only restrictions.  Cards on minors need to have a linked adult card.  *NOTE* There will be a $1.00 postal recovery fee for each item borrowed using InterLibrary Loan.

The TCCL ILL department accepts ILL requests via OCLC (symbol: TUL), email, fax, and mail.  If you send requests via fax or mail, please enclose two copies of each request.

Our materials check out for 45 days from the date shipped. Items are generally sent with a No Renewal restriction, but requests for renewal will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Renewal requests must be made via phone, e-mail, or online through OCLC.  We do not charge for loans or photocopies.

Non-circulating material includes:  genealogy, reference, periodicals, microfilm/fiche, CD-ROMs and other electronic resources (due to licensing restrictions). We DO lend audio-visual materials.

To check on material availability, you may wish to search our online catalog.

Contact us for more information or fax/mail requests to the address given below.
Our policies are also listed in the FirstSearch/WorldCat policies directory.

Interlibrary Loan
Tulsa City-County Library
400 Civic Center
Tulsa OK  74103

918.549.7395 (phone)
918.549.7397 (fax)


Item limits by type are as follows (for most card types)

  • Books — 50 items
  • Video/DVD — 10 items
  • CDs — 10 items

The total number of items checked out may not exceed 50 items

Fines for books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, videos, and Blu-ray discs are $.10 per item per day with a maximum of $2 per item.  Children’s, tween, and teen books and media do not accrue fines. 

Standard replacement costs are as follows:

  • Audiobooks on cassette or CD - $21.00
  • Audiobooks on Playaway - $65.00
  • Circulating books - $21.00
  • Circulating children’s books - $17.00
  • Mass market paperbacks - $7.00
  • CD ROMs - $30.00
  • Videos, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs - $25.00

Actual replacement costs may vary.  Items that are returned missing replaceable pieces, such as DVD or CD cases or  spine labels, may be charged a $5 damaged item processing fee.