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Interlibrary Loan

  • Interlibrary loan allows Fargo Public Library customers to request materials from libraries all over the country.
  • Because interlibrary loan is a labor-intensive value-added service, it is limited to Fargo residents or property owners only. Users outside of Fargo may contact their local library or the North Dakota State Library for interlibrary loan service.
  • Interlibrary loan requests can take several weeks to arrive, depending on how difficult the item is to locate and the lending library's availability. We process items in the order they arrive and will notify you when the item is here or if the item is unable to be borrowed.
  • Items published with the last year may be more difficult to borrow. The library will not attempt to order materials published with in the last six months. You may request that the library purchase those items using our Online Catalog.
  • Some items, such as microfilm, will have a lending fee set by the lending library. You may pay this fee when you pick up the item.
  • Interlibrary loan items check out for four weeks with no renewals.
  • You may have up to four active (pending or checked out) interlibrary loan items at a time.
  • If you have any questions about interlibrary loan service, please contact the Information Desk at 701.241.1492 or Contact Us.
  • See the full interlibrary loan policy for more information.
    The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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