Request an Interlibrary Loan
You can use the interlibrary loan service to borrow an item that is not available locally from another library. Items eligible for interlibrary loan include books over two years old, copies of articles from journals or magazines, and microfilm and microfiche.
How do I request an item?
Fill out and submit our online interlibrary loan request form (below) or print and bring the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to your local library.
To complete either form, you must enter:
- your name, address, and telephone number,
- your 14-digit library card number and the name of the public library where you would like to pick up your request(s),
- the author's name and the title of the book or magazine (for articles), and
- the date of publication.
Any other information you can provide about the book or article you are requesting may make it easier to locate available copies. For example, ISBNs (for books) or ISSNs (for magazines, newspapers, etc.) are unique identifiers that usually appear on a publication information page near the beginning of books and magazines.
How many items can I request?
You may request a maximum of three items at one time and should complete a separate form for each request.
What happens after I submit my request?
If the item you requested is available at another Canadian lending library, please allow two to six weeks for your request to be processed and for the item to arrive. You will be notified by mail, phone, or email when your order is ready for pickup. You will also be notified if a requested item is not available.
How long can I keep my request(s)?
Interlibrary loans are lent for three weeks, and regular overdue charges apply to items returned late. These items are not renewable.