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Requesting Items

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Meridian Library District is a member of the LYNX Consortium, sharing resources with Treasure Valley libraries. Most items from the Treasure Valley Consortium libraries may be placed on hold for pickup at the library location most convenient to the library patron. Holds may be placed online or by using the computers in the library. Once items on hold request become available, patrons will be notified via automated phone call or email. Patrons may have 7 items on hold or waiting to be picked up at any one time. Items on hold will be held for pickup for one week, and may be returned to any Treasure Valley Consortium Library.

Items not owned by Treasure Valley libraries may be requested via Interlibrary Loan if the item is not in high demand or new. Newer items may be requested for purchase at the library, for placement on hold if purchased.

To place a locally owned item on hold:
Access the library catalog or by clicking on the "Catalog" tab at the Meridian website.

First, search for item.  When viewing description screen, click on the button that says: "Place Request".

Enter your 14-digit library card number (no spaces) and your 4-digit PIN number (default is the last 4 digits of the phone number in your library account, unless you specified otherwise). 

Choose the library you wish to pick the item up at in the drop-down menu, then click "Submit".  Please note that items are generally pulled once a day and will not always be available on the same day the item was requested.  You will be notified when your hold is available for pick-up.

Remember to log out of your account in the catalog if you are placing holds in the the library or from a public computer.

Meridian Library District - Interlibrary Loan Policy

Compliance with Copyright Law
When using the Interlibrary Loan services, patrons accept responsibility for complying with United States Copyright Law.

Interlibrary Loan Borrowing
Items not owned by the Meridian Library District or one of the Treasure Valley Consortium members may be requested via Interlibrary Loan services.  Current Meridian Library District card holders with fines below $10.00, or without other borrowing restrictions, may request Interlibrary Loan items.  Requests may be submitted in person, by telephone, online through our website, or by email to ill@mld.org.

Items that cannot be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan include:
•    Current year copyright material.
•    Items on the New York Times or Publishers Weekly Bestseller lists.
•    Items in current high demand.
•    Items owned by one of the Treasure Valley Consortium libraries (unless those copies have been changed to "missing" for 4 or more weeks or "lost" status).
•    Reference materials.
•    Magazines and newspapers (although copies of specific articles may be requested which may require a copying fee).
•    Microfilm.

Please note that some libraries do not loan audiovisual materials and others may charge for lending items. The Meridian Library District patron will be contacted for prior approval of any additional charges before the request is made.

Patron Responsibility
The Interlibrary Loan process can take 1-4 weeks to fulfill depending on the availability of the item and processing procedures. The lending library determines the loan period, and therefore any material may be subject for recall by that library. It is the patron’s responsibility to return items promptly and in the same condition as received. Interlibrary Loan materials may be eligible for renewal; however, it is in the discretion of the lending library. If a renewal is needed, a request may be made three (3) days before the original due date. Late items incur the same overdue charges as regular library materials and a replacement charge and processing fee will be charged for all lost items. For Interlibrary Loan items that are not picked up, a $2.00 processing fee is charged to the patron’s card.

Approved by the Meridian Library Board of Trustees on May 14, 2013
Revised September 9, 2014.

Online interlibrary loan requests: Note: When filling out the online form, be sure to scroll to the bottom and click "Submit" to complete your request.