Interlibrary Loans


Interlibrary Loan Service Interruptions due to Provincial Budget Cuts

The provincial government recently cut funding to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service-North (OLSN) by 50% for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. As a result of the cuts, SOLS has terminated its interlibrary loan (ILLO) courier service as of Friday, April 26 and suspended any interloan requests. This is subject to change.

Georgina Public Library relies on the SOLS courier service to transport interlibrary loans materials and new library materials purchased from our book vendor to our Keswick branch. Our internal courier service between the Keswick, Sutton and Pefferlaw branches is not impacted by this cut, since it is financed by the Georgina Public Library.

The province’s funding cut results in the following service interruptions for Georgina Library members:

  • Interlibrary Loan - Materials requested via ILLO will no longer be available (this may be subject to change after May 31);
  • Borrowed ILLO items should be returned as soon as possible.
  • Book clubs will be impacted and library staff will be investigating how to continue to provide this service. 

Service interruptions will be in place until further notice. For more information about SOLS service cuts, please see SOLS announcement titled“Interlibrary loan and Courier” posted on April 18th. 

Support Your Local Library
You can make a difference. Support your local library by: 

  1. Contacting the Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport, Hon. Michael Tibollo (416-314-1400 | minister.mtcs@ontario.ca) and our local MPP, Caroline Mulroney (905-895-1555) | caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org), to share how this impacts you.
  2. Signing the “Stop the cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North” petition available through change.org.
  3. Sharing the value of your local library on social media by using #saveourlibraries. 

 For more information contact:
Val Stevens, Acting Director of Library Services/CEO, vstevens@georgina.ca, (905) 476-7233 ext. 4522. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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