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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan, also known as ILL or resource sharing, is the sharing of books, articles and other materials among libraries.

If our library does not own an item you wish to borrow, you can now request those items through LoanShark, Louisiana's own statewide interlibrary loan system.

**Note** Some items cannot be borrowed through ILL. This includes items published during the current or previous year, Playaways, Playaway Views and reference materials.


How to Use LoanShark:

  1. Create a LoanShark account
  2. Log in to LoanShark
    • After creating a LoanShark account, access LoanShark by clicking here (or on the logo at the top of this page). Click on the Login link at the top right hand side of the page. You will be prompted to enter the following information:
      • Library: St. Charles Parish Library (click on drop down menu to select)
      • Username: your first and last name (no space between)
      • Password or PIN: your library PIN
      • Press Go
  3. Search for and request an item
    • Search for an item and locate the record with the most locations.
    • If the record says My Library, the item is owned by the St Charles Parish Library and cannot be requested through ILL. Please request items owned by the library through the online catalog or contact a staff member at your local branch to request the item.
    • If the item is not owned by the St Charles Parish Library then click on the record and click Request this Item
    • Click the Submit button
    • The Library will contact you when we receive the item. Please be aware that it may take several weeks to obtain an item requested through ILL and we sometimes may not be able to obtain the item at all. For items that we can get, please be aware that the lending library sets the loan period. ILL materials should be returned on-time so as not to jeopardize the library's ability to obtain ILL items in the future.



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