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Borrow from Other Libraries

There may be times when you want to borrow from another BC Library:

  1. You couldn’t find what you were looking for in your home library.
  2. You happen to be visiting another BC Library.

Interlibrary Loans: Bringing Materials in from Other Libraries

If you weren’t able to find the item you wanted in our catalogue, we can usually bring it in for you from another library. This is called an Interlibrary Loan.

You can try finding it yourself using the Illume software, a catalogue for all BC libraries. From there, you can request it to be delivered to Bowen Island Library for pick up.

You can also call, email, or visit us in person to make an interlibrary loan request.

We can bring in books and audio-visual materials (CDs, DVDs). Items take 2-3 weeks to arrive, and we cannot bring in brand new items (items published within the last 12 months).


Visiting Other BC Libraries

BC One card logo, click to go to BC government BC One card page (external link)

If you’re on the road and find yourself in another BC public library, you can easily borrow items. The best part is that you can return these items to any other BC public library, so if you’re traveling through BC, it’s easy to drop items off as you go. We call this program BC OneCard. For more information on how to do this, check out the BC Government’s BC OneCard page. (Please note that borrowing policies may vary slightly between various libraries).