Can't find the item you're looking for on the library shelves? Here are some of your options.
Place a hold
- Is the item you are looking for owned by the library? Check the library catalogue to see if we have it.
- If we do own the item and it is on loan, then place a hold on it through the library catalogue. This will put you on a waiting list for the title.
- We will contact you via email or phone when the item is available for pick-up.
Suggest a purchase
- Is there something we're missing in our collection? Let us know by completing our Request an Item form and we'll try to get it for you.
- All purchase suggestions are evaluated according to our materials selection policy.
Interlibrary loan (ILL)
If Port Moody Library doesn't own an item you want, we can also try to borrow it from another library system for you. There are certain types of material that may not be requested via ILL:
- Circulating material already owned by Port Moody Library
- Books published in the last 12 months
- Audiovisual materials such as compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs and CD-roms
In addition, lending libraries may not loan the following types of materials:
- High-demand titles and best-sellers
- Magazines (except for photocopies of specific articles)
- Reference materials
- Rare books
- Paperbacks (uncatalogued)
To request an interlibrary loan, Ask a librarian or complete our online Request an item form. Please provide as much information available as possible (e.g. author, title, edition, ISBN, publisher, date). Use the links on our other libraries page to help you find the necessary information. The ILL procedure can take from one to six weeks and often longer. You may have a maximum of 8 active interlibrary loan requests at one time.