Interlibrary lending – changes

From 1 September 2018, as a result of a joint review between the State Library of Western Australia and representatives from the Public Libraries WA Group, what can be requested via Public Libraries Interlibrary Loans has changed. Impact of the changes will be reviewed over the next 12 months.

The following items cannot be requested on interlibrary loan:

  • No items less than 12 months old – both fiction and nonfiction
  • No junior fiction or young adult items – some exceptions for young adult graphic novels over 12 months old
  • No audiobooks, music or DVDs.

There are exceptions for people with special needs including disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds where books in languages other than English are needed.

Make an interlibrary request

Frequently asked questions

  1. Is there an interlibrary loan limit?
    There is no interlibrary loan limit per borrower per year.
  2. Can we request/lend new items?
    Anything 12 months old or less cannot be requested or loaned. This includes all categories and formats.
  3. Can we request/lend DVDs, music CDs or audiobooks?
    DVDs and CDs cannot be requested or loaned. This includes fiction and non-fiction.
  4. Can we request/lend Junior items?
    Junior fiction and junior kindy items cannot be requested or loaned.
  5. Can we request/lend young adult items?
    Young adult items cannot to be requested or loaned.
  6. Can we request/lend materials in Languages other than English (LOTE)?
    LOTE items are exempted from the restrictions. They can be requested and loaned regardless of age.

Purchase requests

Some unfulfilled interlibrary requests may be considered for purchase by the Librarians. These are assessed against a criteria, then ordered by staff to be added to the library collection as locally owned stock.

Not all requests are purchased. The criteria for purchase are:

  • Item has been published or released in the last five years or is a classic
  • Item is experiencing high demand or interest
  • Item fills a subject or series gap in the current collection
  • Item must be due for publication within three months, or resubmit the request closer to the publication date

Members can make purchase requests after logging in to the library catalogue.

Make a purchase request


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