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
  • 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
  • NOTE: video games may be considered for purchase but are not available through interlibrary loan

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