Get books and other items from any MPL location!

You can place holds on items online and have them sent to any MPL location you like! When you search an item on our catalog, click on the "Place Hold" button on the left. Certain items cannot be placed on hold - Reference, Special Collections, and Launchpads. These items include rare books, genealogy materials, reference books, and items that we like to have available for browsing collections.

Items not owned by the Mobile Public Library or not available in the needed format may be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

  • We can request books, audiobooks, music CDs, movies, magazine & journal articles, and census & military records on microfilm.
  • The Local History and Genealogy library has a non-circulating collection of fiction books by authors of local interest. If you wish to check out one of these titles please request it here, through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Anyone with a library card in good standing may request an ILL.
  • It can take us up to 4 weeks to obtain material through ILL. We will send you a notification when the item requested is available for check out at the MPL library you select below.
  • There is a $2 postage and handling fee for each ILL we obtain for you, due at check out, along with any fees charged by the lending library. We charge an additional $2 if you fail to pick up an item we obtain for you.
  • Loan periods and renewals are set by the lending libraries and are out of Mobile Public Library's control.
  • Complete the form below for each item you require. Requests can also be placed at any location's reference desk. Contact the ILL Department at (251) 340-1448 or for help with your request.
  • If you wish, you can use FirstSearch and WorldCat From OCLC to search other libraries' collections.

Check out this short video explaining how to request an ILL:

Select the additional amount you are willing to pay if the lending library charges a fee.


Please provide as much information as you can.

FOR GENEALOGY RESEARCH, list the names of the people you are tracing:


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