Guidelines for Purchase Requests and Interlibrary Loans

Purchase Requests

Pamunkey Regional Library welcomes suggestions from our patrons for purchases of titles that are not currently available in the collection. Please check the Online Catalog to see if we already own the title before submitting your request. Purchase decisions are based on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to: perceived demand, historical circulation based on author or subject, cost, available funds, space, and reviews. Go to our online request form to request your item for purchase.

Request Guidelines:

  1. PRL does not accept requests on materials that have not yet been published or released (pre-publication titles).
  2. Due to the volume of requests, patrons will only be notified when their item has not been selected for purchase. If purchased, you will be placed on hold for the item.
  3. Generally, PRL purchases items less than 3 years old, barring special circumstances. If you need older or niche titles, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from other library systems is available for print titles older than 1 year. See further guidelines below.

Interlibrary Loan

For materials that we are unable or decline to purchase for our collection, Pamunkey Regional Library offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service where we will request materials from other library systems for you. Interlibrary Loan requests must be made in person at one of our branches or over the telephone. Please keep the following guidelines in mind when requesting an ILL:
  1. Audiovisual (movies, music, audiobooks) and digital materials are not eligible for ILL.
  2. Titles less than one (1) year old are not eligible for ILL.
  3. To make a request, you must have a library card in good standing and have no overdue ILL materials.
  4. ILLs can take 2-6 weeks to arrive, depending on availability and policies of lending libraries.
  5. Lending libraries set the due date, not PRL.
  6. Renewals must be requested before the due date and are at the discretion of the lending library. They may not grant a renewal request.
  7. If you lose or damage an Interlibrary Loan material, you are responsible for paying any fees charged by the lending library, which may be in excess of what PRL charges for materials it owns.

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