Reading & Research

Interlibrary Loans
Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, allows you to search for items in thousands of other libraries. Your request is processed and sent off to participating libraries.

PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST NEW RELEASES THROUGH INTERLIBARY LOAN. If you wish us to obtain a newly-published [within the last 9-12 months] book for you, please submit a suggestion for purchase by click on the above entitled tab.

Please keep the following parameters in mind when requesting items via Inter-library Loan.

Requests for Interlibrary Loan items will be limited to 3 requests per patron at any one time.

The following items are not available through Interlibrary Loan:

  1. Materials we already own.
  2. Materials published within the previous 9- to 12-month period.
  3. Computer or video games in any format.
  4. Periodicals (entire issues) - Libraries will not lend an entire issue of a magazine, but may provide photocopies of individual articles instead.

If your request falls within one or more of the above categories, please make a purchase suggestion. If it is a book we already own, please reserve it through the library catalog.

If you need to keep your item beyond its return date, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at least three days before the item is due. However, some libraries do not renew interlibrary loans. Many libraries are instituting overdue fines for interlibrary loan items.

Submit Your Interlibrary Loan Request Here


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Readers Advisory
Readers Advisory

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United States Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize: Awarded at Columbia University each May for achievement in Fiction, Biography, Nonfiction, History, and Poetry.
  • Edgar Award: Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best fiction and nonfiction mystery writing.
  • National Book Award: Five-member panels select the highest achievement in United States writing - Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Fiction.
  • National Book Critics Award: Awards from the best books and best reviews published in English.
  • Romance Writers of America RITA Award: Awarded annually by a panel of members of the Romance Writers of America.
  • Western Writers of America Awards: Awarded annually by the WWA for distinguished writing about the American West.

International Awards

  • Costa Book Awards: (Formerly Whitbread Book Awards) One of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.
  • Giller: Canadian literary prize for fiction.
  • Governor General's Literary Awards: From the Canadian Council for the Arts, awarded to Canadian literature in 14 different categories.
  • The Man Booker Prize: Highlighting the best novel of the year, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Nobel Prize in Literature: International award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.
Suggestions for Purchase
Suggestions for Purchase

Please note: We will evaluate your request in accordance with our Library Collection Management Policy. We appreciate your suggestion and if it meets our collection criteria, we will try to purchase it in a timely manner.

If we do purchase the item, and you so choose, we will automatically put it on hold for you, so you will be notified when the item is available.

If you have an urgent need for the item, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

If you would like to purchase the book yourself, and then donate it to the library, please refer to our book donation procedures.

This service is for Orcas Island Public Library patrons only. If you are a vendor, publisher, author, etc., please facilitate your request through normal business channels.

When making a purchase suggestion, please give us as much information about the book as you can; especially title and author.

Plase contact the appropriate collection librarian below:

  • Adult Literature, Large Print, Talking Books, and Movies: Rhett Ariston - email Rhett
  • Music, Graphic Novels, 'Zines, and Young Adult Materials: Holly King - email Holly
  • Children's Literature, Talking Books, Music, and Movies: Jenny De Groot - email Jenny
  • Magazine collection: Rhett Ariston - email Rhett

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