Interlibrary Loan

Borrow items from other Wisconsin libraries and beyond

How to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Search the Brown County Library catalog first to see if we own what you need. To place ILL requests, you will need your library card number.


ILL is available to all BCL patrons with a valid library card not exceeding $10.00 in fines.


There is a limit of 5 entertainment media requests per week (movies/music/tv shows). If you need to request more than 5 in a week, please let us know why in the notes of your request.


Sorry, we cannot borrow items less than 6 months old (as listed in from other libraries. Suggest a purchase here.

Please note that historical, rare, and genealogical items rarely circulate (but it may be possible to get copies of selected pages). See here for more information on these items.


See here for more information on items that can and can’t be borrowed through ILL.


What is WISCAT?  A way to both find what’s owned in the libraries of Wisconsin (and much of the upper Midwest) and request those items.


Can I use WISCAT to request articles and newspaper microfilm?: There is currently no option in WISCAT for requesting parts (articles) of a magazine/journal or a specific microfilm reel of a newspaper title.  WISCAT, Worldcat (and/or Google and Maxon, etc.) can be used to identify and describe the magazine, journal or newspaper your article or microfilm reel is from, but to request it, please use our online request forms (below).


What if I don’t find what I need in WISCAT?  If needed, we can access many libraries outside Wisconsin.  Use Worldcat to see what libraries outside Wisconsin own.  Although you can’t request item when you are in Worldcat, you can still use Worldcat to find and describe items and request them via our online request forms (see the links below to access the forms and Worldcat).


How to request items from within WISCAT

After you have searched WISCAT and are viewing the record of the item you want (with the item format you want – ie: dvd vs. vhs, etc.), click on the “Request This Item” button:

Request This Item



Fill out the form that appears. Fields in red are required. Please include an email address if that is your preferred contact method. For requesting magazine and newspaper articles (or microfilm), please use our online request forms below.


Interloan items will be held for six days before being returned to lending library.


Important Note: The WISCAT software will not process a request if the item is owned by the Brown County Library. Before filling out a “Request This Item” form in WISCAT, make sure that the Brown County Library is not listed under the location information.


BCL’s online request forms: If the request link in WISCAT isn’t available, or you don’t find the the items you want in WISCAT, you need to request articles, or you have other needs, please use :

Need help?

  • Contact the Brown County Library staff: 920.448.4400 / Email
  • Contact Interlibrary Loan staff: 920-448-4410 Ext. 2