Can’t Find It?

NOTICE AUGUST 1, 2022: To equitably balance the work load of the librarians who support “Can’t Find It” requests and to align with our partner Bellingham Public Library, starting August 1st, requests are limited to 10 per month.


Looking for something that you can’t find in our catalog? You can request it using the form below! Did you know we borrow from and lend to libraries all over the world?!

We do our best to fulfill all requests, but occasionally an item is not available. If that happens, we’ll let you know right away.


Requests may take anywhere from two to six weeks (or longer in some cases).

You can place requests for items that have already been published, or that will be published in the next six months. Please use as your source for release date information. You can also use WorldCat to verify information about the item you’re requesting.

Please note: The Whatcom County Library System cannot purchase pirated or illegally reproduced copies of audio or video items.

What kind of items can I request?
All kinds of things!
  • Books, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks
  • Articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers
  • Music scores
  • Government documents
  • And more!
What items are not available for request?
 The following items are not available to be requested:
  • Computer software and videogames
  • Board games and coloring books
  • Unauthorized DVD releases or pirated DVDs (on Amazon, if a DVD is an authorized copy, it will say “buy new” by the price listing)
  • Single issues of a magazine
  • VHS tapes
  • Items we already own, including items with holds and reference materials
How many requests can I make?
Starting August 1st, 2022, requests are limited to 10 per month.

Before completing the form below, please search the Library Catalog to see if this item is already owned.

Item Request Form

  • Choose the type of item you are requesting.
  • Enter the publication date
  • Item Source

  • If this item is available from or, copy and paste the link here.
  • When and where did you find out about this item? If there’s a date by which you no longer need the item, please enter it here.
  • Patron Information

  • Enter the 14-digit barcode number from your card. No spaces or dashes, please!
  • Please enter an email address to allow us to follow up with you if necessary and to receive confirmation of your request.