Buying, Borrowing, or Searching a Book
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The Family History Library does not loan or sell the books in its collection. If you want to buy, borrow, or remotely search a book that is mentioned in the Family History Library Catalog, consider the following.
Purchase a Book
- Order a copy of the book through your local bookstore.
- Search http://www.bookfinder4u.com or a similar online site to locate a copy you can buy. (Here you can search 80,000 booksellers world wide for new, used, rare and out of print books.)
- Contact the author directly, if the book was self-published. (The author's address will sometimes appear on the title page or mayby the front of the book. A local genealogical or historical society in the area where the author published the book may know how to contact the author.)
- Search http://www.ebay.com to see if a copy of the book is available for sale.
- Search http://www.powells.com/
Borrow a Book
- Check http://www.worldcat.org to find a library near you which has the book available for checkout.
- Visit your local public or academic library and ask them to request an interlibrary loan copy from another library. Print out the Family History Library Catalog's page containing the title's bibiographic information. Take the printout to your local public or academic library and complete a request for an interlibrary loan. The Family History Library does not participate in the interlibrary loan system but many libraries do.
- If the book you want to see is in the Family History Library Catalog, you can request that the book be digitized. Books that are not currently copyrighted, or if the library has the permission of the copyright holder, it can be digitized. You can request a book be digitized by sending the information in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. This process can take several months. (See also Wiki article "How to Obtain Books Listed in the Family History Library Catalog")
- If a book in the Family History Library Catalog has Film Notes in the upper right corner, it can be viewed on microfilm at a family history center. See Wiki arcticle, "Finding a Family History Center." The cost of ordering a film is about $5.50 and the use of the family history center is free. Be sure to call to verify the hours of operation since the center is staffed by volunteers and the hours sometime vary.
Search a Book Remotely
- Use the Family History Library's Photoduplication Service to obtain copies of key pages of the book, like the index. If the desired information is found in the key pages, a second photoduplication request can be made for specific pages.
- Access over 5,000 digitized Family History Library books online.