Inter-library loan (ILL)


GRRL participates in MNLink for Inter-Library Loan:

  • Patrons can request items with their GRRL barcode/PIN
  • If items are not location in MNLink, the Suggest A Title form may be used to request that GRRL purchase the item or request from a library outside of Minnesota:
  • Please instruct patrons to check MNLink before submitting a Title Request, if possible.


  • Items with Publication dates within the last 90 days are not available. Place a Title Request instead, and GRRL will consider purchasing that title.
  • In addition, some MN libraries have other lending restrictions or a requested item may be in use at all libraries and the request may not be filled.
  • MNLink Interlibrary Loan requests are only filled when the item is on the shelf at one of our MNLink partner libraries.
  • Requests are not placed on a request list at any library if no copy is immediately available.
  • MNLink will check all libraries with the requested title and if no copy is available to lend, the request is returned to GRRL and the patron is notified.
  • A patron may have 25 active requests including titles being ordered, checked out or returned.
  • Interlibrary Loan items generally may not be renewed.
  • If a patron claims to have returned an item, charges may be still be assessed.

Special notes about courtesy returns/inter-library loan returns

  • Items borrowed through our Interlibrary Loan service must be returned to a GRRL library so they can be properly removed from your record before going back to their home library system.
  • Materials checked out at libraries outside GRRL, but returned to GRRL will be sent back to the owning library, but there may be overdue charges from the home library since the delivery process can take additional time. This primarily affects our customers who use other Minnesota libraries such as Hennepin County Libraries or Kitchigami Library System.
  • GRRL materials returned to other Minnesota libraries will not be considered returned until and unless they actually come back to a GRRL library. Most Minnesota libraries participate in the courtesy return process, but the items may incur fines during that time.
  • Last Updated May 20, 2020
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  • Answered By Beth Ringsmuth Stolpman

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