Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service offered by Emporia Public Library to obtain materials that are not owned by EPL but are available in other libraries. Any patron can use ILL if he or she has a current library card in good standing (fines must be under $5).  

We ask that you limit your requests to five (5) at a time. If you submit more, please indicate which items you would like us to order first. We will not interlibrary loan items EPL already owns unless it is one month or more overdue or if, after a search, it cannot be found on our shelves.


Please review the Interlibrary Loan FAQs.


Sarah Pound is the Interlibrary Loan Librarian. 
To contact her, call (620) 340-6465 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How to Submit an Interlibrary Loan Request:

Did you check the Online Catalog to see if EPL already owns this item?

You have several options to submit a ILL request:

  • In person at a service desk
  • By phone at (620) 340-6450 or (620) 340-6465
  • By email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Online through our online catalog (see below for details)


Request an Interlibrary Loan Item Online:

  1. Login to the EPL Online Catalog.
  2. Click on "My Account."
  3. Go to "Reserves/Requests."
  4. Click on "request" at the bottom of the box.
  5. Fill out the information and click on "Send Request."

When you place a request, please remember these guidelines:

1. Submit only one request per form.

2. Try to be as specific as possible with your request so the correct item gets ordered.

3. ILL items generally take 2-3 weeks to arrive at our library; please request your items as soon as possible to allow us time to fill your request.

4. In order to borrow items for our patrons through this service, EPL must remain in good standing with other lending libraries by honoring their rules and due date. Please help us by returning your ILL items on time.

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