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Interlibrary Loans

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the interlibrary loan service is suspended. 


If you can't find a book that you are looking for in our library, you can search for it in the illume online catalogue and request it via interlibrary loan. Here's how:

  • Go to Illume online catalogue.
  • Enter terms in the search box.
  • Click the down arrow next to "title" to choose your search criteria.
  • Click on the resources icon (looks like a stack of discs) to choose which databases to search (suggestion: click the checked checkbox icon)
  • Click on the magnifying glass icon to start the search.
  • Click on the item and then click "Request This Item" 
  • Fill out at least the required fields (the ones in red). For password, use the last 4 digits of your phone number.
  • Click on "Submit" and wait a moment for your request to process.

How Interlibrary loan works

  • It takes approximately two weeks for us to receive the book.
  • We will phone or email you when the book arrives, and you have one week to pick it up.
  • The books are loaned for three weeks, and cannot be renewed.
  • You may request books only; audiovisual materials including DVDs and CDs are not available for request.
  • Books published in the past 18 months are not available for request.
  • Each library has its own rules for what materials may or may not be requested.
  • You must have a valid library card to request an interlibrary loan

If you have problems, please call the Library at 604-998-3450 to make your interlibrary loan request.

Interlibrary Loans is funded by the provincial Ministry of Education - Libraries and Literacy Branch. NVCL is also part of InterLink, a federation of 18 public libraries in the Lower Mainland that advocates for and administers resource sharing between member libraries. 

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