The Hamden Library cannot purchase all materials requested, but will extend its resources by actively searching for titles in other libraries. Interlibrary loan service is available to all Hamden residents and taxpayers.
Loans from other libraries have a two-week loan period. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. Interlibrary loan request can take up to three weeks to be processed. New books and audiovisual material, with the exception of audiobooks, are not available through interlibrary loan.
The reQuest statewide catalog can be searched to find books, videos, music and other items from more than 400 academic, public, school and special libraries in the state (more than 4 million titles). More than 200 libraries in the State participate in interlibrary loan through reQuest. Patrons of those libraries can place requests online through the Statewide Library Catalog. The Statewide Magazine Catalog can be searched to find magazines and journals from more than 400 libraries in the State.