We are supposed to go to the library and check out how to do an inter-library loan of a genealogy book in a distant library.
As a library volunteer I have used inter-library loans quite a lot, so it is as easy as filling out a form, and selecting the material you are interested in. Our library does not let genealogy books out of the library, so I have been pleasantly surprised that other libraries do loan out genealogy books. Most of the items I had used inter-library loans for was newspapers. Most newspapers are on microfilm somewhere, and you can get a copy of the newspaper from your hometown by inter-library loan right now, you do not have to wait for it to come on the internet, and the cost is right, free.