What is interlibrary loan and how does it work?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a network of libraries throughout the United States who agree to lend materials to each other. When the Johnston Public Library doesn’t own an item, we can ask other libraries to send it to us so that we can lend it to you.

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1. What is interlibrary loan and how does it work?
2. How is ILL different from a purchase request?
3. How many items can I request at a time?
4. What can I not order through ILL?
5. Is there a charge for ILL?
6. How long will it take for my ILL to arrive?
7. How will I know when to pick up my ILL?
8. How long can I keep my ILL?
9. Can I renew my ILL?
10. Why do you put a wrapper around the item?
11. What if I obtain a copy elsewhere after I submit an ILL request?