Boston Public Library

Interlibrary Loan Office

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

When what you’re looking for isn’t available from a library within the Boston Public Library/Metro Boston Library Network, we can try to borrow it for you from another library via interlibrary loan. Requests can be made from this page or at any BPL location.

Launch the ILL form

To place an interlibrary loan request, you will need a valid library card from a member library of the Metro Boston Library Network (which includes BPL), and the card must have borrowing privileges. Additionally, you must agree to:

Frequently Asked Questions

What sorts of materials can I request?

You may have six active requests at one time. This includes items currently checked out and any active requests.

How long can I keep my ILL items?

Borrowing periods are set by the lending library. Please note that the usual BPL lending times do not apply to interlibrary loan items, and that ILL items checked out on the same day may have different due dates.

Can I renew ILL items?

We can request renewals on your behalf but they are not guaranteed. To request a renewal, please contact ILL at prior to the original due date.

Can I request a book that BPL owns but says for In Library Use Only?

Yes. In many cases we may change our copy to circulating. If that is not possible, we will request a copy from another library.