As a member of ACLA, the Allegheny County Library Association, Dormont Public Library cardholders have access to books, DVDs, and other materials from dozens of county libraries, including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system.
You can go to one of these libraries and check out materials on your card, but you can also place a request with us online through the Catalog, over the phone, or in person. We will then locate the next available copy of the item you are looking for and it will be sent to Dormont Public Library for pickup.
For most items this process takes 3-5 business days, but for new books and popular items it may take longer. Interlibrary loans within the ACLA member libraries are free of charge.
Interlibrary Loans from Outside Allegheny County
If the materials you want aren’t available at any ACLA member library, you can place an interlibrary loan request and we will attempt to fulfill it outside the county. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides interlibrary loan service for all county libraries. You can make an interlibrary loan request on their website, by telephone, or in person at the front desk.
Items within the state of Pennsylvania are lent free of charge; items coming from out-of-state libraries may incur a fee. You will be notified if this is the case, and you will have the choice to accept the fee or cancel the interlibrary loan order.
For best results, we recommend that you have as much information on the desired book or item as possible: the title, author, and ISBN number are especially helpful. You can use a service such as WorldCat to get information and to check the availability of an item.
Interlibrary loan orders typically take between 4 to 6 weeks to fill.