General Information






311. N. Steel St.

Ontonagon, MI 49953


M: 11-8

Tu: 11-5

W: 11-8

Th: X

F: 11-5

Sa: 10-2

Su: X

Using Interlibrary Loan


Say you come to the library looking for a book but they just don’t have it. Instead of going home and sulking, or spending money to order something you're only going to read once, did you know the library has a way for it to magically appear in the next couple weeks? Well it does, and we call it an Interlibrary Loan.

If you go up to the person working at the library desk and ask them to get you an interlibrary loan for a certain book you really want to read, you should have that book in the next couple of weeks and you will get a phone call notifying you when it’s in.

It is also possible to process your own Interlibrary Loan requests using the Ontonagon Township Library website. This is a great option if you have privacy concerns, or if it is difficult for you to get to the library during operating hours. If you would like to learn how to make an Interlibrary Loan request, please ask library staff for assistance and they can walk you through the process of searching and requesting books, CDs, and DVDs all across the Upper Peninsula. (There is even a statewide system for searching and requesting items from any participating Michigan library if the item can't be found in the U.P.!)

When our library asks another participating library for a book that isn't in the local collection, that library will be happy to send it over the next time they do Interlibrary Loan processing. Libraries in larger towns and cities often process Interlibrary Loan requests every day. Smaller libraries, such as OTL, might only process once or twice a week. So depending on the lending library's size and distance from Ontonagon, it can take three or more weeks for your item to arrive, although items sent from other U.P. libraries often arrive within a two-week window. But if you can be patient, you can access virtually any book ever published without leaving Ontonagon.

Happy Reading!

Written by Cassandra Steffensen for Ontonagon Township Library, 2017