Boone Area Library

Boone Area Library
 

Request An Item

Place a Hold

If your local library's copy is checked out or if it doesn't own the item, our online catalog will show you if it is available through other public libraries in Berks County. If so, you can request the next available copy be sent to your library for you.

  1. At the page that provides the detailed record of the item in our online catalog, click the REQUEST ITEM button to the right of the record.
    request button

    It is in the lower right if you are using the classic catalog search.
    request button
  2. If you are not logged into your account, next you will be asked for your library card barcode number and your PIN, which is usually the last four digits of your phone number on record. Click LOG IN.
    log-in screen
  3. The next page is the REQUEST CONFIRMATION. It lists the item you are requesting and lets you choose the library where it will be sent. (Exception: New items can be picked up only at the owning library.) Click REQUEST to complete the process.
    crequest confirmation screen
  4. After you are done, you may continue to search the catalog and request other items. Held items must be picked up within 7 days of notification. This time limit varies for some libraries.
  5. To view a list of the items you have requested, log in to your account. For help, visit the View My Account Activity instruction page.

Borrowing Items from other PA Libraries

If you cannot find the item you are looking for in the BCPL catalog, it may be available at another library in Pennsylvania.

  1. Use the Statewide (Access Pennsylvania) Catalog to search for your item.
    Access PA map
  2. Once you find a record for your item, print a copy of the record and give it to your local librarian, or write down the title, the author, and the ISSN/ISBN number that appears near the end of the record and give this information to your librarian. The library will place the request and notify you when your item has arrived.
    Please allow 7-10 business days (if the requested interlibrary loan material is found within the state of Pennsylvania and is available for shipping by the lending library).
  3. Costs: Although every effort will be made to obtain requested materials at no cost, any costs assessed by the lending library will be passed on to the library patron. Therefore, please be sure to indicate how much you are willing to pay for a requested item. Lending fees range from $5.00 to $20.00.

Borrowing Items from Libraries Outside PA

If the item you are looking for cannot be found within Pennsylvania, you can search Worldcat logoWorldcat. WorldCat is a catalog of the holdings and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

  1. Once you find a record for your item, print a copy of the record and give it to your local librarian, or write down the title, the author, and the ISSN/ISBN number that appears on the record and give this information to your librarian. The library will place the request and notify you when your item has arrived.
    Please allow 2-3 weeks (if the requested interlibrary loan material is being shipped from another state).
  2. Costs: Although every effort will be made to obtain requested materials at no cost, any costs assessed by the lending library will be passed on to the library patron. Therefore, please be sure to indicate how much you are willing to pay for a requested item. Lending fees range from $5.00 to $20.00.
  3. Note: If you need assistance locating an item in one of these catalogs, a library staff member will be happy to help you.

Materials That Should Not Be Requested

Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Code specifies that the following types of material should not be requested:

  1. Best sellers
  2. Just-published titles
  3. Multiple copies of the same title
  4. Titles in recurring demand at the requesting library
  5. Titles owned locally
  6. Issues and volumes of periodicals and journals (requests for copies of articles are appropriate)
  7. More than five articles from five different journal issues published within the past five years (as stated in the CONTU Guidelines) unless a subscription to the title has been placed or copyright royalties have been paid
  8. Locally-specific materials (i.e. request for a loan of a microfilm of a newspaper from the library in the city in which it was published)
  9. Rare books, special collection materials, and archival materials
  10. Course materials, including course reserves
  11. Core reference materials (including encyclopedias and dictionaries)
  12. Licensed computer software datafiles
  13. Dissertations from the granting institution (unless it is known that the institution will lend its own dissertations)