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Having trouble finding materials? Always feel free to Contact us if you’re having trouble finding materials or if you need recommendations.

If you don’t have a particular title in mind, the What to Read Next page offers lists of materials created by our staff. Book Lovers Resources features suggestions, interviews with authors, and links to other services for finding materials, including Next Reads, which includes monthly book newsletters that can be sent to your email!


Can't find it in our library catalog? Try Marina! Marina is a free, statewide method of requesting books from a number of libraries in Maryland.

If you are unable to find an item by searching the catalog, you may want to try Marina, a free, statewide method of requesting materials from a number of libraries in Maryland.

Please note that not all materials may be requested from other Maryland Libraries. Below is a brief list of some, but not all materials, that may not be requested through Marina.

  • Materials owned by Harford County Public Library
  • Materials on order in other library systems
  • Reference materials
  • Some audio visual materials such as movies, music, and audiobooks
  • Magazines (for specific articles, see a librarian or use our online databases)

Inter-Library Loan

If materials are not available through Marina, you can place an Inter-Library Loan request. We will try to get the materials for you from a Maryland library that doesn’t participate in Marina or from an out-of-state library.

Complete an ILL form, which is available in Microsoft Word Format or PDF Format. Complete your ILL request by filling out the form in either format. If using Word, e-mail the completed ILL form as an attachment to the ILL Services Department. If you prefer to use the PDF format, print the form, fill in the requested information and bring it to any HCPL Library for processing.

There may be a charge associated with Inter-Library Loans; contact us for details. Non-Marina ILL loan items are not renewable. In addition, some ILL loan items have a limited loan period of 2 weeks.