Welcome to the Interlibrary Loan Service. Nashville Public Library cardholders may sign in to a personal, secure Interlibrary Loan account to submit their requests. Books and articles not available at the Nashville Public Library can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

Returning users, sign in to place a request.

First time using Interlibrary Loan? Register here.


  • You must have a Nashville Public Library Card in good standing to request Interlibrary Loan material.
  • There is a limit of 5 requests per Library Card at any one time.
  • Items that are owned by the Nashville Public Library cannot be requested on Interlibrary Loan (including reference materials, government documents, books, magazines).
  • Audiovisual items (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, etc.) are not available through Interlibrary Loan.


  • Search the Library Catalog to see if the Nashville Public Library owns the material you need.
    • If owned, request the items from the Library Catalog with your Library Card.
    • If unowned, request the item through Interlibrary Loan here with your Library Card.


  • Requests are generally available in two to three weeks, but may take up to four weeks or longer to arrive.
  • You will be notified when an item has arrived.
  • Please pick up your materials as soon as possible, so that you will have adequate time to use them.


  • Interlibrary Loan materials may be returned to any branch of the Nashville Public Library. Please return Interlibrary Loan materials during business hours. Do not place Interlibrary Loan materials in book drops or remove the white information band.

Interlibrary Loan FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

The Interlibrary Loan FAQ contains answers to other questions you have about the Interlibrary Loan system.

Important Copyright Information


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.