Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that gives patrons access to a wider selection of library materials than may be available in a local library. ILL allows libraries to share resources for the benefit of our users.
Amarillo Public Library continues to offer ILL service to its patrons, but asks those who use the service to help cover part of the cost. As of October 1, 2011, a $3 per item charge will be added to patron accounts for materials acquired through Interlibrary Loan. The charge is assessed when the requested item arrives at the Amarillo Public Library.
Until August 31, 2011, interlibrary loan for public libraries in Texas was entirely funded by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, which covered 100% of the costs for staffing, packing, couriers and postage. During the 2011 State Legislative session, funding for the Texas State Library was cut 67% and funding for all ILL centers was eliminated as a result. A $3 per item charge on ILL materials covers one-way postage for ILL materials. Amarillo Public Library continues to cover 100% of administrative costs of the program, as well as 50% of postage costs.
The fee for ILL materials returned late is 50 cents per day.
All Interlibrary Loan requests are handled by reference staff at any Amarillo Public Library location.
Phone: (806) 378-3053
Fax: (806) 378-9326
Amarillo Public Library
413 E. 4th
Amarillo, TX 79101