Interlibrary Loan

Young girl avidly reading a book

Materials FCPL does not own may be borrowed for free from other library systems via Marina, which searches the catalogs of all the public libraries in Maryland. Requests placed through Marina will go directly to the owning library, and the item shipped to Frederick County.

You will need to enter your Library card number and contact information to request an item.

Access Marina

The following types of materials can’t be requested:

  • Materials owned by FCPL
  • New books (within 6 months)
  • Reference materials
  • AudioVisual items are often not available for ILL


What if I have trouble accessing Marina or get a System Error?

Marina is a third party service that searches the catalogs of all the public libraries in Maryland. If you owe fines or overdue materials on your library account you will be prevented from accessing Marina. Very occasionally Marina will experience technical difficulties that prevent access to the system. You may still place an Interlibrary loan remotely by calling the Information Desk of any branch or by filling out the forms below:

Online Book Request Form
Online Journal Article Request Form

What about materials that can’t be borrowed through Marina?

These may be requested at the Information Desk in any branch of the Frederick County Public Library system or online.

Online Book Request Form
Online Journal Article Request Form

I need to talk to someone in the ILL Department or Cancel a request

Fill out our Contact the ILL Department form completely and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

All materials

Be sure to provide full bibliographic information about the item you need, including author, title, and publication date. Additional information such as ISBN or an owning library is helpful.

A shipping fee (minimum $5.00) may apply to materials borrowed from non-public libraries. Patrons must agree to pay this fee before the loan will be requested from the owning library. Payment of the shipping fee is due at the time of pickup.

Journal and newspaper articles

These will usually be copied at the owning library, and sent to FCPL. Please include page numbers. There may be a charge for photocopies; patrons must agree to pay a minimum of $5.00. If the owning library lends microfilm, it must be used on site at FCPL. Copies made from microfilm reader/printers are $.25 per page.

I don't belong to Frederick County Public Libraries - how do I get one of your books?

If you live or work in Maryland or have a library card from any public library system in Maryland, you may request a book from FCPL through your local library ILL service.

If you do not live or work in Maryland, and do not have a library card from a Maryland public library, please print the record of the item you want from the FCPL catalog and make the request through your own public library’s ILL office.

FCPL Interlibrary Loan Office
110 E. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21702

Please note that the following types of material will not be loaned by FCPL:

  • new library materials (within 6 months)
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs
  • Electronic devices
  • reference materials (including Maryland Room items)
  • magazines and newspapers

Assistance in using Maryland Room historical materials is available directly from the Maryland Room staff