Can’t Find It?

Request an Item

Submit a Request an Item form for items you are unable to locate in the library catalog. All submissions will be evaluated for purchase or interlibrary loan. The library is unable to purchase all suggested items, and not all items are available for interlibrary loan. While we are unable to fulfill every request, we trust that you will enjoy the wide selection of materials available to you through your library.

Effective March 1, 2018: DVDs and music CDs are no longer available through interlibrary loan. Requests for these items will be considered for purchase only.

You may request 3 items per day, and a total of 10 per month.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can request books, DVDs, music CDs and audiobook CDs, eBooks and eAudiobooks, microfilm, and copies of articles or obituaries. DVDs and music CDs are no longer available through interlibrary loan. These requests will be considered for purchase only.

The library is committed to providing meaningful collections as outlined in our Collection Development Policy and Interlibrary Loan Policy.

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.

  • 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.

Yes. You may place up to ten (10) requests per calendar month, with a maximum of three (3) per day. This is due to the high volume of requests received.

Interlibrary loan items are not renewable. You may renew purchased items if they have not been requested by someone else. More information about borrowing and renewing library materials can be found on our Borrow Materials page.

Please see the library’s purchasing guidelines for authors and publishers if you would like your title to be considered for purchase.