Books from Other Libraries

Are you looking for materials that New Westminster Public Library doesn’t own? You can register your NWPL card with local libraries nearby and borrow directly from them. Once you’re done, return what you’ve borrowed to us and we’ll send it back to the owning library.

Search Nearby Public Libraries Directly

Access a list of nearby public libraries and pick the one closest to you to search their library catalogues.

Get a book from another library

Can’t get to another local library? We can try to borrow a copy for you from another library within Canada. This is called an Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests through Illume (formerly Outlook Online)

  • Search for the book using the search bar at the top of the screen
  • Click on the item and then click Request This Item
  • Fill out at least the required fields in the following form
  • Click Submit
  • Questions? Please contact one of our librarians 

Guidelines & Restrictions

Please note that certain restrictions apply to interlibrary loan requests:

  • You may only request print books and periodical articles
  • New books (those published in the past 12 months) are not available
  • Books that our Library owns are not available through ILL; you must place a hold on our copy
  • There is a limit of 5 active ILL requests at a time per user
  • We will notify you by email (or phone if you do not have an email address) once your ILL arrives
  • You have one week to pick items up; there is a $1 charge for books that are not picked up
  • You are responsible for replacement of lost or damaged materials
  • The loan period is three weeks and cannot be renewed
  • ILL books must be returned to the New Westminster Public Library
  • You must wait 3 months before re-requesting the same item. This applies even if you do not pick up your ILL request.
  • Most ILL requests are free; however, some libraries and institutions charge a fee to borrow. Please indicate what charges you are willing to accept on the ILL form, and ask staff for assistance.
  • 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.
  • Personal information 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:


Library NameNew Westminster Public Library
Illume (SHAREit) Library CodeBNW
Canadian Library Symbol (LAC) BNW
Shipping AddressInterlibrary Loans
716 6th Avenue
New Westminster, B.C.
V3M 2B3
ILL Contact Phone604-527-4660 / 604-527-4668
ILL Contact
Library Catalogue URL
ILL SoftwareIllume SHAREit
Consortia MembershipsInterLINK
Returnable Loans6 week loan period
RenewalsRenewals are permitted
Non-returnable CopiesPhotocopied/Scanned material is permitted and is shared via emaill
Media LoansPrint materials only. Non-print materials may not be requested via ILL.
Not for LoanSpecial Collections
A/V material
Replacement ChargesBorrower must pay cost of lost item plus $5.00 processing charge
Late FeesN/A
Invoice PaymentsContact
Leslie Chappell or
Kashmira Dastur