Interlibrary LoanIf a book you are looking for is not owned by our Library, ask for an interlibrary loan request form and we will do our best to obtain the book for you from another Library. The more details you can provide us with the more efficiently and more quickly we can process your request.
It is a web based system, where the interlibrary loan operator at your library searches and orders from specialized databases. Some scarce, fragile or locally significant material may be excluded from the scheme, or lent only on the condition that it is read within the Library. We have been asked not to request brand new books as other libraries want to keep them available for their own patrons. When your book arrives we can notify you that it is available either by email or phone.
We will request three interlibrary loans per patron. Once these have arrived and you have returned one or two, we can order some more. If you want the books to arrive in a certain order it is best to request them one at a time. The loan period is set by the lending library. If you need a book by a certain date or if you need an extended loan period let us know when you order the book, so we can ask that of the lending library. Please contact us about a week before the due date if you want a renewal. Most libraries will grant us one renewal.
When you want books by a specific author but don't know all the titles, we will help you to get a list of their books. You can then start to order the books. Keep the list and use it to keep track of which books you have read (or our library owns) and order from it as required.
It is also possible to request microfilm from Library and Archives Canada and Archives of Ontario. There is a microfilm reader/printer available at the Library, subject to booking.