Library Services

Library Services

Requests, Suggestions for Purchase, & Interlibrary Loan

Requesting Library Items

All items which appear in the Library's online catalog, except reference books, special collections, and other types of in-library-use-only materials, can be reserved for you. A request can be used to hold an item for you when it is returned or to transfer an item from one branch library to another one that is more convenient for you. Requests are filled in order by date requested. Borrowers may have up to 15 current requests on their library account.

Placing a Request

You may place requests for items listed in the online catalog in any one of the following ways:

  • in person at a branch library
  • by calling Telephone Information (427-7713)
  • online, using the Web-based online catalog. For detailed instructions see our Placing a Request tutorial
When Your Request Comes In

You will be notified by the noticing option you have selected when an item is in and being held for you. You can also check the status of your requests by accessing your Library account online.

If you no longer want the item or can't pick it up by the date shown, call your branch library to cancel the request or cancel it online from your library account. See branch locations and hours for phone numbers.

Is There a Charge?

Our Request Service is free for items that the Library owns or decides to purchase.

What About Books the Library Doesn't Own?

The library is happy to consider purchasing your suggested titles and to help you acquire books that are difficult to find. You may make a purchase suggestion in a number of ways:

  • By filling out this form
  • In person at any branch
  • By calling Telephone Information at 831-427-7713
  • By sending an email to the Library
  • By texting the Library at 831-264-0647 (message and data rates may apply)

When filling out the Suggest a Purchase form you'll have the option of entering your email address. Our Selection Librarians will carefully review your suggestion and make decisions based on SCPL's Collection Development Policy. You'll receive an email about their decision as soon as it's been determined.

The Library also offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to enhance and extend the resources available to cardholders. Interlibrary Loan is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library. For more information about ILL, view our policy related to this service.

Available at these branch libraries:

Last updated on July 12, 2021

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