To search for digital materials for all ages on a variety of platforms, including e-books, e-audiobooks, music downloads, and online research tools, visit our digital collections page.
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To search for all physical materials for all ages, including all books, audiobooks, large print, CDs, DVDs, video games, newspapers, magazines, board games, and more, use the online catalog and contact us for help or use the online catalog instructions.
This online catalog includes materials at both FRVL locations as well as from some additional area libraries.
You can choose to search either FRVL location, both FRVL locations, or both FRVL and those area libraries.
When you find materials you wish to borrow, you can place a hold for pickup at either FRVL location or go to the physical location where they are to check out using your FRVL card (the additional libraries may have restrictions on non-resident borrowing; we strongly recommend contacting any library to ensure availability before making a trip).
If your catalog search doesn't get any results at FRVL or the additional libraries, there are other options: interlibrary loan and suggesting a purchase.
Interlibrary loan lets us request materials on your behalf from libraries that don't share our catalog. Try searching WorldCat to see if any American libraries have the material you're looking for, or contact us for assistance.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan (ILL, for short) is a service that allows the FRVPLD to borrow materials from other libraries that are not available from our collection or other libraries sharing our catalog.
What can I get through ILL?
Books, AV Materials, and Articles
What if the material isn't available through Interlibrary Loan?
If the material is not in any catalog that we can find, please use this form to suggest a purchase.
What are the restrictions on ILL?
- We will not request items owned by FRVPLD or other libraries that are part of our CCS Consortium.
- It is difficult to get new materials and AV materials.
- No ILL request is guaranteed to come to our library. It is up to the lending library whether they will lend their materials to us.
- Materials are only available for a limited check out time, so it is difficult to use for textbooks for a class.
- We can only get items available at libraries in the United States.
- Please only request items you will actually use to prevent unnecessary costs to FRVL.
Who can make ILL requests?
FRVPLD cardholders in good standing.
How do I place an Interlibrary Loan request?
Call the information Desk at the library, 847-428-3661 option 3
How will I be notified when an item arrives?
The library will notify you with an email or a phone call when your item arrives.
How long will it take for the item to get here?
Delivery time will vary between different lending libraries, but usually it takes between a week and a month.
What if I need an item by a certain date?
If you have a timeline for an item, please let us know at the time of the request.
How can I track my ILL requests?
As soon as an Interlibrary Loan request is shipped, we will put a hold on your card. When the item has arrived at FRVPLD, you should receive a phone call or email notifying you. If we are unable to get an item you have requested, a staff member will contact you and let you know.
Where can I pick up my ILL materials?
ILL materials can be picked up from teh hold shelf at the FRVL location you designated at the time of the request.
How long can I keep the items?
The lending period is set by the library who is lending us the materials.
Can I renew items?
Renewals must be approved by the lending library. To request a renewal, call the Information Desk, 847-428-3661 option 3.
Where should I return Interlibrary Loan materials?
Materials can be returned to either FRVPLD location or one of our drop boxes. Please do not return interlibrary loan materials to other libraries.
What if I lose or damage an ILL item?
The lending library determines the cost and processing fees for a lost or damaged item. You are responsible for the lost or damage fee assessed by the lending libraries.
Please contact us for further information.