If you have searched the library catalog and found that we do not own the item that you want, you can ask for it by completing our Request an Item form. Use this form for both purchase suggestions and interlibrary loan requests. We will evaluate all form submissions to determine how to obtain the item for you — either by purchasing it or by borrowing it from another library system (interlibrary loan). Request an Item
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of materials can I request?
You can request books, DVDs, music CDs and audiobook CDs, eBooks and eAudiobooks, microfilm, and copies of articles or obituaries. The library is committed to providing meaningful collections as outlined in our Collection Development Policy and Interlibrary Loan Policy.
How long does it take to get an item?
Typically it will take 2 to 6 weeks. The timing for purchase requests and interlibrary loans depends upon the source of the item and its publication date; obscure titles can take longer to arrive.
How will I be notified?
If the item is purchased by the library, it will be placed on hold on your library account once we have ordered it, and you will be notified of the hold by email or telephone messaging (dependent upon how you have your library account set up).
The exception to this is digital material (eBooks or eAudiobooks). As library staff are unable to reserve digital items for patrons, we will confirm with you when the item is purchased. You may then visit Washington Anytime Library to access or place a hold on the item.
If the item is obtained through interlibrary loan, it will be placed on hold on your library account after we receive it from the lending library, and you will be notified of the hold by email or telephone messaging (dependent upon how you have your library account set up).
If the item is not purchased and is unavailable through interlibrary loan, we will let you know by placing a note on your library account.
Is there a limit on requests?
Yes. You may place up to three requests per day, for a maximum of twenty requests per month.
Will the library add something I've written or published to its collection?