Borrow from Other Libraries

There may be times when you want to borrow items from other BC Libraries.

Visiting Other BC Libraries

Don’t leave home without your library card – you can use it to borrow from any public library in BC. For more information, check our BC OneCard page (note that borrowing policies vary between various libraries).

Requesting Books to be Delivered to Your Home Library

If you weren’t able to find the item you wanted at your home library, try finding it elsewhere in BC using Illume, an online catalogue for all BC libraries.  If you find the item in Illume, you can request it directly by completing the online form. Note: only 3 active requests per person are allowed at one time.

The item will be delivered to your home library for pick-up. Inter-Library Loan books can be borrowed for 21 days only and are not renewable. Some libraries may loan DVDs and audiobooks (CDs).  You cannot request new books published within the last 12 months. 

This provincially funded Inter-Library Loan program (ILL) is generally free of charge, with the exception of some academic materials. ILL fines are 0.50 cents per day for overdue items, and a $2 fine for failure to pick-up an item that you requested.

Please complete your ILL requests online for faster service and to alleviate the workload of library volunteers. Hard copies of ILL forms are still available at the Library during regular open hours.

Saturna Island patrons: please complete your ILL requests online. Contact Donna at 250-539-5577 for more information.

Piers Island patrons: an Inter-Library Loan service is not available at the Piers Is. Library.