The Burlington Public Library is one of the 36 libraries comprising the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC). Your Burlington Library card may be used at all 36 member libraries. This is a free service.
The library catalog displays the holdings of the entire consortium. You may also limit a search to display Burlington items only.
To request an item follow these directions:
- Find the title in the library catalog and click "Place Hold."
- Enter your library card number (no spaces) and pin. Unless you asked the library to change it, your pin was assigned when you registered for your library card and is the last four digits of your phone number.
- On the next screen you must choose a pick up point library. If the item is "checked in" at a member library, it will arrive for you within a few days to a week. You will be notified when your items are available.
Because of the quarantining of items due to Covid-19, delivery will take longer than usual.
If the MVLC library catalog does not have the item for which you are searching available, check the Commonwealth Catalog. The Commonwealth Catalog allows you to search for and place holds on material owned by libraries across Massachusetts. The material can be picked up in Burlington. Items reserved using the Commonwealth Catalog can easily take 3 weeks or more to arrive here for you. This service is free.
WorldCat lists the holdings of libraries across the world. It is not possible to place a hold directly using WorldCat, but you can find out which libraries own the items you are seeking. Call the Reference desk at 781-270-1691 and we may be able to borrow the material for you.
There is a $5 fee for materials obtained this way. Payment must be made at the time the book is ordered. Why do we charge for this service? The $5 fee covers charges made by the lending library and shipping expenses.
Call the Reference desk at 781-270-1691 for assistance.