Request a Title

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If we don’t have the item you’re looking for, let us know by contacting a staff member or submitting the form below. We’ll do our best to get it for you, either by purchasing a copy, or borrowing it from another library outside of Cambridge – this is called an Interlibrary Loan (ILLO).

Suggestions for Purchase

We welcome your suggestions for titles we may have missed, particularly books from little-known authors or small publishers.

Please do not suggest:

  • Very popular and best-selling authors or well-reviewed DVD feature films – we will be buying these anyway
  • Items that are not yet published or released in Canada

Decisions about the collection reflect the Idea Exchange Materials Selection Policy.

Interlibrary Loan

You can request up to three (3) Interlibrary Loans at any one time.

We make every effort to fill your request at no cost to you. Occasionally, the only source is a university library, and these libraries charge us to borrow their materials. We will let you know if there will be a charge for your book, and you can decide what to do.

Types of ILLO requests

  • Books or audiobooks that are two or more years old.
  • Books in a variety of languages, including French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, or Gujarati.
  • If you have trouble reading print because of a visual, physical, or learning disability, we can help you borrow accessible resources from the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). A Talking Book Service membership is required. To learn more about our Talking Book Service or CELA, please visit our Accessibility page.
Type the 14 digit number on your membership card (no spaces).