If you need a journal article, book or other loanable material that the McKinney Public Library System does not own, the Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service will attempt to get it for you. You may request or have active 5 items at a time.
The loan period for all Interlibrary Loans is 3 weeks. Items will automatically renew one time, for an additional 3 weeks. After the one renewal, the item must be returned to the lending library. If you need an item longer than 6 weeks (the 3-week initial checkout plus the 3-week renewal), you will need to request another copy after the first one has been returned. No additional renewals will be given.
Tips on Using the Interlibrary Loan Form
When searching for an item, you will see a list of libraries that own the item. This is information for you to consult, but you don’t need to pick one of these libraries. The ILL system will make the choice based on availability.
Under "Choose a Library," pick McKinney Public Library. You will be asked to choose the McKinney library you want the item sent to. You do not need to choose one of the libraries that owns the item.
If you do not have an email address, type "none." The preferred method of contact is email. However, if you do not have an email address, staff will contact you by phone.
If you receive an error message while placing the request, please email ILL@mckinneytexas.org with your library card number, which library you’d like to pick it up at (Roy & Helen Hall or John & Judy Gay), the title and author of the item you are requesting, and the desired format (book, CD, DVD, etc.).
If the McKinney Public Library System owns the desired item, you cannot request it through Interlibrary Loan, but you can search the library catalog and place a hold there.
You may also access the Interlibrary Loan system (for items the library doesn’t own) during searches in the library catalog.