How to Obtain Books Listed in the FamilySearch Catalog

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The Family History Library does not loan or sell books. If you want to obtain a book that is mentioned in the Family History Library Catalog, we suggest the following options:

  • Request an interlibrary loan from your local public or academic library. Print out the Family History Library Catalog’s page containing the title’s bibliographic 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.
  • Order the book from a bookstore. Whether the book is in print or not, search the BookFinder4u website on the Internet at where you can simultaneously search 80,000 booksellers worldwide for new, used, rare and out of print books.
  • If the book was self-published by the author, contact the author. The author’s address will sometimes appear on the title page or verso in the front of the book. The local genealogical or historical society in the area where the author published the book may know how to contact the author.
  • Request that the book be microfilmed. Books can be filmed if they are not currently copyrighted. The library staff will obtain copyright permission if needed. The process usually takes several months. The patron will be notified and given the film or fiche number so he can order it through the normal process. The patron will also be notified if the book cannot be placed on film or fiche. At your local family history center, complete Form 31806, Request to Microfilm a Book. The second copy of the request form will be filed at the local family history center. The third copy of the request form will be given to the patron.The family history center staff will mail the original copy of the form to:
The Family History Library
Attn: Library Acquisitions
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400