Purchase Suggestions (Requests) and Interlibrary Loans

Please note that only Full Access patrons with no fines may use our Interlibrary Loan/Purchase Request service!

Why do I have to have $0 in fines for purchase requests/ILL even though I can still check out LCPL books with a fine on my card?

You may have 5 requests active at any one time (requests for digital materials do not count toward this total).

Can't Find What You Need?

  1. Check our catalog first!

  2. If the item you want is not in our catalog, click the Purchase Request/Interlibrary Loan link that appears at the top of your search results (as pictured below).

    Image of where to find the Purchase Request link in the catalog.

  3. In the window that opens, check the box next to OCLC WorldCat and click Set Databases.


    Image of what box to check to find titles to request.

  4. Click 'Go!' to run your search again. Search Tips


  5. When you find the title you were looking for, Click the "Place Request" button.
    Screenshot showing where to find the Place Request button when you've located a title you want.

    If you're not already logged in, you will have to enter your library card and PIN.
    Please note: Requests can only be completed by resident patrons in good standing with no money owed!

  6. If you can't find the item in the World Catalog, call us at (219) 769-3541 or use our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service - We'll help you out!

Following these steps works even if the item you need is out of print or very old - if we can't buy it for our collection, we'll find another library that will loan it to us!

Still Have Questions?

See our Interlibrary Loan & Purchase Request FAQs or check out our search tips. If you need more help, you can always use our Ask a Librarian form - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Request eBooks or Downloadable Audiobooks

You can also request digital materials to add to the library's collection! You can make 2 requests for digital materials per week. Follow the steps below.

Need more specific instructions? If you've already checked Hoopla for the book you are looking for, try this step-by-step guide for suggesting an item through Overdrive, complete with pictures!