Can’t Find It?


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, either by purchasing items or borrowing them from another library via interlibrary loan, but sometimes items are not available. If that happens, we’ll let you know. We’ll communicate by email if there is an email address in your library account, or by adding a note to your library account (in the absence of email) that staff can tell you about the next time you visit the library.

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


Fill out a separate request form for EACH item of interest, up to 10 items per month. Separate request forms must be submitted for each item in a series. Request fulfillment takes two to six weeks on average (but may be longer in some cases).

You can request 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.

The following items are not available to be requested:

  • Computer software and video games
  • Nontraditional items like board games, kits 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
  • Playaway products
  •  Items already owned by WCLS

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.