Tue, Jul 3, 2012

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Request A Loan (from the Newark Public Library)

BY SamKa

Request A Loan (from the Newark Public Library)

More often that not, when I want to borrow a book the Newark Public Library doesn’t have it. The Main Branch has a large selection of  titles to choose from however, it seems like the last four times I searched their online catalog not a single branch had the book that I was looking for.

When you can’t find a book at the Newark Public Library, request an Interlibrary Loan.

I’m a big believer in supporting the public library.  The library is a great community resource that offers not just books but, workshops, after-school services, and computer/internet access. Borrowing books means more cash at the end of the year and less clutter in my home. Big retail book stores like Barnes and Noble haven’t received a dime from me in almost two years now.

So what does an avid reader do, when the library doesn’t have the book you’re looking for? Bite the bullet, and BUY it?


Request an Interlibrary Loan.


Here’s how it works. After you’ve checked the catalog and figured out your  library doesn’t have a copy of the title you’re looking for, call the library branch you wish to borrow from. They will transfer you to the Interlibrary Loan Department. Request your book. The Newark Library will contact another library public that does have the book and have it shipped to their location. When you receive a phone call from the library that means it’s time to pick it up.

At the Main Branch on Washington Street someone behind the Circulation Desk will have your Interlibrary Loan Book.

Allow about 1-2 weeks for the book to arrive at your branch. I find it’s much more efficient to call, but you can also stop by your local branch in person to request an Interlibrary Loan.


Newark Public Library (Main Branch)

5 Washington Street  Newark, NJ 07102

(973) 733-7784


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2 Responses to “Request A Loan (from the Newark Public Library)”

  1. Ana Says:

    One can also use their online system and use Jersey Cat to request a book from another library :o)


  2. Linda Says:

    This has happened to me more than a few times. Esp when I really need the book for a reference or research. Good to know. Very informative.


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