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Borrow from Other Libraries

InterLibrary Loans (ILLs): Requesting Books to Your Home Library

Couldn’t find the item you were looking for in our library?

  • Use BC Interlibrary Connect! This program is in partnership with the BC Libraries Cooperative, and allows patrons in libraries that use the Sitka library system to borrow items across the province.
  • If you still weren’t able to find what you wanted, try elsewhere in BC using Illume (interlibrary loans – was Outlook), a catalogue for almost all B.C. public and post-secondary libraries.. There may be fees with this service, and there are no renewals. In partnership with BC Electronic Library Network.


Visiting Other BC Libraries

If you’re on the road and find yourself in another BC public library, you can easily borrow items. The best part is that you can return these items to any other BC public library, so if you’re traveling through BC, it’s easy to drop items off as you go.


BC OneCard patrons may borrow up to 60 items at one time including books, magazines, audiovisual items, and audio/music  CDs.

A library card from your home public library opens the door to public libraries wherever you travel – or stay – in British Columbia.

Q. WHO is entitled to BC OneCard service?

A. Any BC resident who can show a valid public library card.

Q. HOW do I get BC OneCard?

A. Take your home public library card and current ID into any participating public library in BC other than your home library and ask for a BC OneCard decal.

Q. WHAT if I don’t have my home library card with me?

A. You need it to sign up for a BC OneCard, so don’t leave home without it.

Q. WHERE can I use it?

A. Use your BC OneCard at any public library in the province. At each library you will also need to provide current ID with proof of your contact information.

Q. WHAT does the BC OneCard service include?

A. It allows you to check out materials and use services determined by each individual public library. Check with each library for a list of what it provides. Check your library’s website to see what you can use at your library.

Q. WHAT if I need services and materials that a specific public library does not allow me to use?

A. If you want more than the library offers BC OneCard customers, you may obtain full service by paying a non resident fee (at a rate set by each library).

Q. WHERE do I return materials that I’ve borrowed?

A. Return them to the library you borrowed them from, or to any participating BC OneCard library in the province – including your own library when you get home.

Q. WHEN do I have to return the materials?

A. The library you borrow the materials from will let you know when they are due back.

Q. WHERE do I pay fines owing on books I borrow?

A. Fines are no longer collected within public libraries in the province of British Columbia. Any fees or amount owing for damaged material will still be billed to patrons as appropriate.