Batavia Public Library offers a special interlibrary loan service for local book clubs. The Library will request multiple copies of books from other libraries in order to provide Batavia book clubs with the number of copies they need.
Multiple copies of books are available to book clubs if:
- the books are at least 6 months old,
- the books are not current bestsellers, or
- the books are not on hold at other libraries
Occasionally, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Library is unable to fill a request. If this occurs, the Library staff will work with the book club to try to find an alternate title.
Only book club members with a Batavia Public Library card may check out books through this program, due to interlibrary loan rules.
How to Request Books
Designate a contact person (with a Batavia Public Library card) for your book club, who will contact the Library with the titles and dates of your book discussions.
Stop by the Reference Desk, call the Library at (630) 879-1393 x200, or complete the online Book Club Request Form at least 5 weeks before your book club meeting.
For best results, place your order as far in advance as possible. If you would like to place your requests well in advance, please complete a request form at the Reference Desk or online. Or download a PDF here, fill it out, print and return it to the Library.
Provide the following information:
- the title and author of the book,
- the number of copies needed,
- the date of the book club meeting,
- the name of the book club, and
- the name and phone number of a contact person.
With sufficient advance notice, the Library will order the books so that they will be available approximately 4 weeks prior to the book club meeting.
A Library staff member will call the book club’s contact person when the books are available to pick up at the Library.
Books will be held at the Check Out Desk under the name of the book club. Usually, book club members may keep the books for 4 weeks.
Book club members are responsible for returning the books on time or paying the overdue fines / lost item fees.