Outerlibrary Loan (OLL)

What is Outerlibrary Loan (OLL)?
Outerlibrary Loan is a free service that allows you to check out books or other materials that our library system doesn't own. If you're searching for an item that you can't find in LinkCat, ask about sourcing it through OLL. We have access to materials in both public and academic libraries across the United States through this service.

How long does it take to get material this way? 
Most OLL items take 2-4 weeks to arrive from the date that you request the item. However, it can occasionally take shorter or longer depending on the availability of the item and the distance it has to travel.

How will I know my item has arrived? 
You will be notified by phone or email when the item you've requested is available for you. If we are unable to obtain the item you're looking for through OLL, we will notify you in the same way.

How long can I keep these materials? 
Checkout periods are determined by the item's owning library (not RGPL) and therefore can vary greatly. Many checkout times are shorter than our usual 4 week checkout period and most items cannot be renewed.

How do I place a request? 
You may place OLL requests in-person, over the phone, or by email (send requests to kmckewin [at] rgpl.org). If possible, please provide as much information as you can about items you are looking for (title, author, specific editions, specific articles in magazines, etc.). We're also happy help you find this information if you need assistance.

Where can I return my OLL items?

OLL items checked out at RGPL should be returned to our library (the circulation desk or outside drop box is fine). If you must return an OLL item at another nearby library (Middleton, Verona, etc.), please bring it inside to their circulation desk and let a staff member know the item was checked out in Cross Plains so it may be routed back to us here. OLL items cannot be checked in or cleared from your account until they are received back at RGPL.

Is there anything else I should know about OLL's?

We cannot place OLL requests for new or upcoming releases—all titles have to have been published at least 6 months ago. We also cannot place requests for OLL items if there are more than $20 in fees currently owed on your library card.

If you have any questions regarding this service, please contact us at 608-798-3881 or csplib [at] rgpl.org.