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Interlibrary Loans


If the library doesn't own an item you want, you may be able to borrow it from another library system through an Interlibrary Loan.

A total of three purchase suggestions and/or interlibrary loans may be submitted each day. Requests exceeding three will not be considered.

What are the fees?

There are no fees for postage. Some libraries may charge a fee to loan items. In this case we will notify you for approval before requesting the item. The cost will be posted to your account when the item is received.

What items are not available through Interlibrary Loan?

 Interlibrary Loan is not available for:

How long does it take to get an item?

Typically it will take 2 to 3 weeks. The timing depends on the number of libraries that own the item and its availability. Obscure titles can take much longer to arrive.

What else should I know?

Can I use the Interlibrary Loan service?
Patrons with Bellingham Public Library cards who are residents of Whatcom County, or have paid for a non-resident card, may use this service. Fines must be below $10 to use this service.

How will I be notified?
You will be notified by email or telephone messaging. Notification is dependent on how you have your library card setup. Please call 778-7323 if you want to verify your notification setup or change your preference.

Where do I pick up Interlibrary Loans?
After you've received notification of the availability of your Interlibrary Loan, it may be picked up at Bellingham, Barkley and Fairhaven Library locations.

Where should Interlibrary Loans be returned?
Interlibrary Loans may be returned to any of the Bellingham Public Library locations.

How long may Interlibrary Loans be kept?
The checkout period is set by the lending library and is typically 2 to 3 weeks. There is usually the option to renew.

Is there a limit on Interlibrary Loan requests?
Yes. You are limited to three requests per day.

How do I renew or check on the status of an Interlibrary Loan request?
Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Clerk at (360) 778-7207 or email

M 10/15/2016


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