Borrow from Other Libraries

There may be times when you want to borrow from another BC Library:

  1. You happen to be visiting another BC Library.
  2. You couldn’t find what you were looking for in your home library.

Visiting Other BC Libraries

If you’re on the road and find yourself in another BC public library, you can easily borrow items. The best part is that you can return these items to any other BC public library, so if you’re traveling through BC, it’s easy to drop items off as you go. We call this program BC OneCard. For more information on how to do this, check our BC OneCard page (please note that borrowing policies may vary slightly between various libraries).

Requesting Books to be Delivered to Your Home Library–2 options

1. BC Interlibrary Connect (aka ‘placing holds at other libraries’)

Try this option first. If you can’t find the item you are looking for in the “home” catalogue, try again by changing the library to “BC Interlibrary Connect” and clicking on “search.” After locating the item, place a hold on it just like you would do at your home library and it will be shipped to your home library. Most libraries will lend audiobooks and movies as well as books. Learn more here.

Tip: If you are looking for a particular format (audiobook, movie, large print), make your search easier by selecting a format.

2. Interlibrary Loan (via Illume)

    If you weren’t able to find the item you wanted in our catalogue, or the BC Interlibrary Connect, try finding it elsewhere in BC using Illume, a catalogue for all BC libraries. Note: that only about 50% of BC Libraries will lend movies. Once you find the item: select request this item, fill in the fields, and submit. We will contact you when it arrives.