Interlibrary Loan

We've all been there. You come into the library brimming with anticipation for that has recently been made into a movie. Or maybe you want to revisit a favorite childhood film that you used to watch with your brother at the beginning of every summer break. Or what about that song by David Bowie that takes you back to your college days.

Well, what happens when you arrive with those high hopes and excitement to then be told, "Oh we actually don't have that in our collection."? Welcome to the saving powers of our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL)! This is a service we have offered at Burlington Public Library for many years but has not always been on everyone's radar. Our ILL service allows you to enjoy items that we are not able to purchase or can no longer get for our own collection.

There is an ILL national database that we are able to access and then request items. Depending on where the item is being shipped from, it can take up to 7-10 days for us to get it. We try to stay as local as possible to get the item here quickly but sometimes we have to throw the net further out to find that illusive item. You are allowed three free loans per month. Once the item has arrived, it is processed for your use and you are contacted either by phone or email. It is then kept at the front desk until picked up. It will have a handy sticker on the front that will give you all of the important information you'll need to take good care of your loan item. After you have finished with it, you can return it like any other Burlington item by using our outdoor/indoor book returns. 

So, don't fret or leave the library downhearted when told we don't have what you are looking for. Use our Interlibrary Loan Service instead!

To initiate an interlibrary loan request stop by the library and complete a materials request form.  
You may also complete the Interlibrary Loan Request Form online.

Please provide at least two ways we can reach you to discuss your request or to let you know when it arrives.

Extended Check-Out Time & Request Forms

In some cases, we may be able to extend the check-out period for you if you need more time. Please contact our interlibrary loan coordinator at 360-755-0760 to discuss item renewal.