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What is Interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are available to Hackensack residents in good standing to request items that are not available in the BCCLS system. Courtesy card and pay card holders are not eligible for ILL services. Patrons may place ILL requests in person at the reference desk, by phone or by email to

We can request books or articles from US Libraries. We do not request books that are less than one year old, textbooks, reference books, full magazine issues, DVDs, or CDs.


Many ILL books are available at no cost to the patron, but that is not always the case.  If the lending library requires a fee for photocopies or mailing, patrons will be notified so they can decide if they are willing to pay for the item before it is requested.  Interlibrary loans that are available at a New Jersey library are much more likely to be borrowed for free.  Patrons can check Jerseycat to see if their item is available at any New Jersey libraries.

ILL books must be checked out and returned to Johnson Public Library. Patrons should not remove the bookstrap from the item.


The typical loan period for ILL books is two weeks with one renewal permitted. Additional renewals must be approved by the loaning library.  Loan periods may vary depending on the policy of the loaning library. Patrons are advised that ILL loan books may not be borrowed for the length of a semester and should not be used as textbooks.


ILL books may be recalled by the loaning library before the due date. The patron will be notified and needs to return the item as soon as possible.


The Johnson Public Library does not charge overdue fees for ILL books. However, a patron’s ability to borrow books through interlibrary loan can be suspended for failure to return books in a timely fashion, including responding to recall notices.


Lost or damaged items will be charged to the patron at the rate set by the owning library.

Interlibrary Loan Lending

The Johnson Public Library lends:

  • Books that are more than six months old

  • Newspaper and Magazine articles

We do not lend reference books, CDs, DVDs, Video Games, print magazines/newspapers or Microfilm.

We do not charge for lending.

ILL requests are filled primarily using JerseyCat. We will consider ILL requests from libraries in the United States sent via email to

Copyright Notice

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.

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