Are you looking for a book or other item that MCPL does not own?
Search Marina, the Maryland interlibrary loan system, and enter your request.
Marina loans are for 3 weeks. There is no fee for the loan.
Marina items can be renewed three times, but the renewal must be performed by a staff member. You can call Ask-a-Librarian at 240-777-0001 to renew.
Maryland libraries choose what materials they are willing to lend via Marina. Some do not lend audiovisual materials or new books.
If you cannot find the title you need in Marina's catalog, you will be able to fill out a form to request a loan or an article photocopy. You will see links to the forms if you click on My Account at the top of Marina's screen or if your search brings up no results. The requests go beyond Maryland to OCLC, a national interlibrary loan service.
OCLC loan periods are set by the lending library and may be a few days to several weeks long. OCLC items cannot be renewed.
OCLC loans may have a fee, set by the lender, and the form will ask you to indicate the amount you are willing to pay.
Fees for photocopies are set by the lending library.
OCLC requests can take 8 to 10 weeks to fill.
A few more things to know about interlibrary loan:
You will be notified, by email or by mail, when the item reaches your branch, just as you are for holds on titles MCPL owns.
MCPL charges a $1.00 fee for holds not picked up or cancelled within 10 days of the notification of their availability. This fee applies to interlibrary loan items.
To contact Interlibrary Loan, call 240-777-0046 with your library card number at hand. For help with finding or requesting items, please contact Ask-a-Librarian or your local branch. For overdue issues, contact your local branch.