Interlibrary Loans

Library Closed Due to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the library is closed to the public until further notice. We are now providing curbside pickup service and continue to offer many of our programs and services online.

Interlibrary Loan Service Reinstated

The library is now accepting new ILL requests. Many libraries are still closed, however, so it may be difficult to find a library that is willing to lend materials. And there may be additional charges if the only available lending source is an out of state academic library. (We will, of course, inform you of any additional charges before we place your request.)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which books, copies of journal articles, and other library materials not in the MRSPL collection can be borrowed from other libraries. 
To request an ILL, you must either be (a) a resident of the City of Falls Church or (b) an employee of the City of Falls Church government or schools. If you live outside the City of Falls Church proper (Fairfax County, Arlington, etc), you must submit ILL requests through your home library system.  
Please keep in mind that items published within the last year, reference collections, e-formats, and items on video, DVD, CD, or cassette are typically not loaned through ILL by most libraries and therefore may be difficult to obtain.

Submit an ILL Request

Iterlibrary loan requests may be submitted several ways:

Online ILL Request Form

Submit your request using our online form

Downloadable ILL Request Form

Download, complete, and save our ILL Request Form (PDF), then submit your request  by email with the completed PDF form attached.

Telephone or In Person

Submit your request to our Reference Desk either in person or by telephone at 703-248-5035 (TTY 711).

Return Postage Fee

All ILL users will be charged a $4 postage fee, payable at pickup, for each item that must be returned to the lending library. MRSPL staff will make every effort to obtain materials free of any additional charges. If there are any charges applied by the lending library, patrons are responsible for those fees. Patrons will be notified of any fees (generally between $5 and $20) before the ILL request is submitted.

Printing Fess for Articles

ILL articles that are delivered to Mary Riley Styles Public Library (MRSPL) by email will be forwarded to the requesting patron free of charge. A print copy, however, can be provided for $0.15 per page.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines for ILL materials are $1 per day per item.

Request Limits

ILL users may have up to 5 active requests at a time.


For additional information, please call 703-248-5035 (TTY 711) or send us an email. You can also submit questions using our online Contact Us form.