Request a Title

collage of three images including blonde woman holding an open book in a library, bookshelves in the great hall at central branch, and close-up view of books on a shelf

If a title is not found in the catalogue, you may request it by completing the form below. We will carefully consider all suggestions received within our annual collections development plan and attempt to fill your request.

IMPORTANT

  • BPL automatically acquires new, popular, and bestselling items in all available formats, so please do not submit requests for these titles.
  • Movies and TV series offered on streaming services are not available to be purchased on DVD or BluRay.
  • This form is not used for placing holds on items currently in our catalogue. Please check the catalogue before submitting your request.

Requests for microfilm from Archives of Ontario: Please email your request to selectors@bpl.on.ca.

Personal information is collected in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1990 and Canada Anti-Spam Legislation, and is used to assist with answering queries.

Q: Does the library purchase every title requested?

No. For a number of reasons, including the budget, the library is unable to order every requested item. Purchase decisions are made using a number of criteria. For more information, please read our Collection Development Policy. If we are unable to purchase the item, we will contact you.

Q: Will I be notified if my request is purchased?

If the title is purchased, a hold will be placed for you. If your library record is current and correct, you will be notified when the hold is available.

Q: How far in advance do you order new titles?

The library orders titles that are within six months of publication. Often times publication dates or titles change, so ordering any sooner may delay the actual purchase. Most titles by bestselling authors are ordered by the library months before publication.

DVDs and Blu-ray titles can’t be ordered until a release date is available. Most blockbuster and popular movies are ordered weeks before their release date and holds may be placed at that time. Requests for a DVD without a release date will not be kept on file.

*Required Fields