Interlibrary Loans

If the New Westminster Public Library doesn’t own an item that you want, we can try to borrow a copy for you from another library from within Canada. This is called an Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The following guidelines apply:

We can request:

  • Books older than one year
  • Microfilms
  • Photocopies of newspaper, magazine and journal articles

We cannot request:

  • New books
  • Books in high demand
  • Audiovisual material such as compact discs or DVDs


You can have a maximum of 5 requests at one time.

ILL books can be borrowed for 3 weeks and they cannot be renewed. ILL books must be returned to the New Westminster Public Library.

Regular fines, including a $1.00 charge if you do not pick it up, apply to ILL books returned after the due date. You are responsible for replacement of lost or damaged materials.

ILL borrowers must wait 3 months before re-requesting the same item. This includes borrowers who do not pick up an item that has been brought in for them.

Most ILL requests are free; however, some libraries and institutions charge a fee to borrow. Borrowers must be willing to accept any charges before a request will be processed.

Your New Westminster Public Library card must be in good standing. (NOTE: Your card is not in good standing if you owe more than $10.00 in fines or other charges, have more than 5 items overdue or have 3 or more claims returned items.)

The material you request can only be checked out on your own library card.

To request an interlibrary loan, contact a librarian at the Information Desk in person.

Personal info is collected for Interlibrary Loan use only [by authority of the Library Act and Sec. 26 Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act] and may be shared with another library in BC. Questions? Contact the FOI/Privacy Officer: http://www.nwpl.ca/privacy/privacy.php