Interlibrary Loan


If you can't find what you're looking for in the library's catalog (or in EbscoHost for articles), we can request the following types of material for you through interlibrary loan.

  • Circulating books (published more than 6 months ago)
  • Books on CD (from in-state libraries only)
  • DVDs (from in-state libraries only)
  • Music CDs (from in-state libraries only)
  • Magazine/journal articles
  • Microfilm reels


Please check the library's catalog for the item before submitting a request. To submit a new request, use the catalog interlibrary loan request form (located under Send a Request in the catalog). If you prefer, requests can also be made in person with staff at the Service Desk, or by calling 603-225-8670.


You may borrow up to five items a month through interlibrary loan. Your library card must be current, and your fine balance cannot exceed $10.

Titles must have been published at least six months ago for us to request them via ILL. For new titles, you may wish to submit a purchase request (located under Send a Request in the catalog).

If CPL owns an item, we will not borrow it from another library until our copy is at least 6 weeks overdue.

If you wish to re-request an interlibrary loan item that you have checked out previously, you must wait until 1 full month from the date of return has passed. After that date you may request the item again.

Of the 5 interlibrary loans each patron can have, patrons can request 4 out-of-state items per card per month. If the item you are requesting was published within the last year, please consider making a purchase request. If you have any questions, please contact the ILL librarian.

Status Checks

On average, items take about 2 weeks to arrive. Hard-to-find items can take longer. Electronic article requests are much faster.

Once you have submitted a request, we will start looking for potential lenders. You can check the status of your request by logging into your account and looking at the "Requests" tab. Once your item has been shipped to us, the title will appear on your library account as an "IN PROCESS" hold/reserve. If more than 3 weeks have passed, and you do not see the item on your account, feel free to contact ILL Borrowing Staff for a status check.

Borrowing Networks

Items are primarily borrowed via the New Hampshire Union Public Access Catalog (NHU-PAC) and OCLC / WorldCAT.