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Interlibrary Loan: World Language Deposit Collection via Boston Public Library

A guide to resource sharing activities and services at MLS and beyond.

World Languages

The Boston Public Library collects the following languages:

Arabic
Chinese
French
German
Greek
Haitian-Creole
Hebrew
Hindi
Irish-Gaelic
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Vietnamese

Contact Us

Requests:

deposits@bpl.org

General Information:

Interlibrary Loan
617.859.2500
interlibraryloan@bpl.org

Denice Thornhill

dthornhill@bpl.org

The Collection


The Boston Public Library maintains world language collections, which were chosen based on circulation data, demographic information and anticipated future demand.

For World Language Deposit Collection requests we are only able to lend books.

Requesting Materials

Libraries may request world language deposits from the Boston Public Library.  If available, a quantity of world language titles are selected and checked out to your library account for three months. 

Please note that BPL cannot always provide the number of titles requested in the reading level and genre desired.

Send requests to:  deposits@bpl.org

Include the following information:

  • The specific type of books (e.g. fiction, nonfiction, genre, topical area)
  • Reading level (e.g. adult, children, teen)
  • Language of the material
  • Maximum number of items desired
  • Library name, card number (a.k.a. ILLiad username)
  • Contact name, phone number and email
  • Other pertinent information that may help fulfill the request