Boston Public Library
Interlibrary Loan Department


Interlibrary Loan service for individuals

Before requesting material through Interlibrary Loan, please work with a BPL librarian to confirm whether the BPL owns that item or not. When material cannot be located within the Boston Public Library / Metro Boston Library Network catalog or electronic resources, we might be able to borrow it from another library in Massachusetts or beyond.

To place an interlibrary loan request, you must:

Requests can be made in person at any Boston Public Library location or by using the button below. Interlibrary loan requests are not taken over the telephone. Library staff will try to find records and holdings elsewhere and will submit the requests to the Interlibrary loan department for processing.

Please read the Interlibrary loan policies and procedures for more information.

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Interlibrary Loan service for libraries

Borrowing service within the Boston Public Library

All branches of the BPL can borrow from other libraries in state through the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog. Articles and materials not available through the Virtual Catalog are requested through the ILLiad system.

Document supply for Massachusetts libraries

Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan has contracted with the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) to provide statewide article delivery through the ILLiad system. Many articles are supplied from BPL holdings, or are requested on OCLC. Articles are delivered electronically to the web version of ILLiad.

Lending service for other libraries

Requests for Boston Public Library materials or journal articles are submitted via OCLC or ALA/IFLA forms. Within Massachusetts, Boston Public Library also lends material through the Virtual Catalog.