Riverside Public Library

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Requesting materials from other libraries

About Interlibrary Loan

An Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to borrow materials that are not owned by the Riverside Public Library. This service is available to anyone with a valid Riverside Public Library card. Fine balances must be below $5 in order to use this service. Each ILL request includes a $2 nonrefundable fee.

Submitting an Interlibrary Loan Request

Fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Types of Materials

Some materials are difficult to obtain because other libraries may not loan them. These include:
• Materials published within the last year
• Reference materials
• Newspapers in original format
• Rare materials
• DVDs, videos, music compact discs and, music cassettes and videos

Loan Period

All ILL materials are checked out for a 3-week period (21 days).
We do not renew ILL materials. No exceptions.

Please note: Some libraries charge an additional fee to cover shipping, lending, copying, etc. You can supply the maximum amount you are willing to pay towards these charges, should they exist. However, we will always attempt to fulfill your request through a "free lender" before moving on to an institution that charges.

About Zip Books

Zip Books is another way for you to request books not owned by the Riverside Public Library. The item is shipped directly to you using Amazon Prime. After it is returned, the Library can add the item to its collection for others to check out. This service is available to anyone with a valid Riverside Public Library card. Fine balances must be below $5 in order to use this service. There is no fee for requests, but there is a limit of one request at a time, and maximum two requests per month.

Types of Materials

• The item must be available for purchase with Amazon Prime.
• The cost of the item must be under $35.
• The book may be a standard print book, a large print book, or CD audiobook.

Loan Period

All Zip Books are on loan for a 3-week period (21 days) starting on the day it is delivered. We do not renew Zip Books. Overdue books accrue fines at a rate of $.25 a day, up to a maximum of $5.00.

Submitting a Zip Books Request

Step 1: Fill out the Zip Books Request Form.

Step 2: Library staff will email to let you know what day to expect the book to arrive from Amazon or let you know if it is not available.

Step 3: Keep the item for up to three weeks. When you are finished, return item to a staff member at any Riverside Public Library during open hours (Please do not return to a book drop.) Please inform staff that you are returning a Zip Book. The item must be returned in order to request an additional Zip Book.

Step 4: You will be asked to complete a short survey which allows us to track customer satisfactory level with the program.


Zip Books is a statewide project of the California State Library and Califa. The Project is funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Zip Books is administered in California by the State Librarian.

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The California Libraries Catalog lets you search hundreds of library holdings at one time. It is a unique database that shows the holdings of books, videos, audio, maps, and other materials held by libraries in California.

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