Interlibrary Loan

The Lakewood Public Library has built its world class collection on the strength of our patrons’ requests for books, magazines, films and music—but we can’t get our hands on everything.

If you’re looking for something that we don’t have, please make a request at any desk at either branch.

If we are unable to acquire it for our own collection, then we will try to acquire it through Interlibrary Loan. Items that can be requested include adult books, audio books, juvenile books, graphic novels, microfilm and VHS tapes.

Interlibrary Loan is a cooperative service with roots that stretch back over a hundred years. By cooperating and collaborating with other libraries, we are able to expand service beyond our physical limitations and provide our patrons with the world’s treasures even as we save taxpayers the expense.

Since 1973, Lakewood Public Library has been a member of OCLC, a pioneering computerized resource-sharing system of some 26,000 institutions in 170 countries. (In fact, we were the first library in Cuyahoga county to join.) This Ohio born organization has transformed the ways libraries share materials all over the world. We are also proud to contribute to WorldCat, “the world’s largest network of library content and services.”

Request an Interlibrary Loan

An Interlibrary Loan can be requested over the phone, at any service desk or by emailing us at Please include the title and author or artist. Please let us know if you are looking for a specific edition.

We will need your name, phone number and library card number so that we can contact you when the item becomes available. An email address is appreciated, too. Items are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed once.