Interlibrary Loans


Please be advised that interlibrary loan services will be closed from December 20, 2019, to January 7, 2020. You may continue to submit requests for materials after December 20, but any requests placed during this time will not be filled until after January 7. We anticipate that these materials will not arrive until near the end of January, 2020.

Georgina Public Library is pleased to announce that we are resuming interlibrary loan services.

Starting on July 16, 2019, you can once again place requests for interlibrary loans. Please read on for more details and changes to the program.

In late May 2019, Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) announced a resumption of interlibrary loan (ILLO) services in Ontario following extensive discussion with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The funding reductions to Ontario’s library services agencies have not changed, and therefore, SOLS is shifting to a different model that relies upon the Canada Post library materials postage rate, with a partial provincial subsidy that is roughly equivalent to the approach used by OLS-North to serve northern libraries. In addition to this subsidy, SOLS and OLS-North will also maintain the software service.

This change puts Ontario out of step with other Canadian provinces, most of which fully subsidize ILLO  in recognition of the important role it plays in ensuring equity of access and cost-effectiveness, particularly for public libraries in small, rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. 

How are interlibrary loans changing at Georgina Public Library?

Due to Provincial funding cuts and budgetary restrictions, we can only operate interlibrary loans in a reduced capacity as our 2019 budget was set long before these cuts were announced. Below are some of the main challenges we face under the new model:

  • We used to send most items across Southern Ontario via courier provided by SOLS (Southern Ontario Library Service). The courier service is no longer running, and we are now using Canada Post to ship items. The library must now pay the cost of packaging and postage, with partial postage reimbursement from SOLS next year.
  • We have to manage the ILLO workload with the same allocation of staff time, so volume has been reduced as we must now weigh, measure, and package each loan separately; use two different, unconnected systems; and deliver the packages to the local post office.
  • As ILLO is required by legislation to be at no charge to patrons, we must offset these costs by using money allocated elsewhere in our budget.

We are seeking ways to provide the best service possible within our means. Once we have had a chance to see how the service is running, we will reassess what is working and what could be improved.

Currently, we are aiming to provide 30% our previous service levels. To meet these restrictions, we unfortunately have to limit the number of items we bring in for patrons and lend to other libraries. For now, we are limiting ILLOs to 3 requests per patron per month, including up to 1 DVD/Blu-ray.

We will be giving priority to items that Georgina Public Library does not have in electronic format. Please visit the eBooks and eResources page for more information on borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks.

What is an interlibrary loan (ILLO)?

  • When you can't find what you want in the Georgina Public Library catalogue, we will try to borrow it from another library system. This is called an Interlibrary Loan or ILLO for short. We have an online ILLO Request Form that can be filled out.
  • ILLOs are for items at least 12 months old. For newer items, please Suggest a Purchase
  • ILLOs are free for patrons.

How many items can I borrow?

  • You can place requests for 3 items per month, including up to 1 DVD or Blu-ray.
  • If you have more items you would like to request, please keep a list and place your requests in the following month(s). We are unable to maintain request lists for patrons.
 How long can I keep an item?
  • Usually loan periods are the same as what we use for the type of item borrowed.
  • Renewals are not automatic, nor guaranteed.
  • Renewals may be requested but we ask that you give us a week's notice so that the lending library has time to respond.

What types of items can I borrow?

  • Books (in all print formats)
  • DVDs and Blu-rays

Please be aware that many libraries are no longer lending DVDs or Blu-rays, and it may take longer or it may not be possible to find a movie or TV show that you wish to see.

  • Books on CD
  • Music CDs
  • Foreign language material
  • Microfilm from the Archives of Ontario

What types of items can’t I borrow?

  • Items listed in our catalogue. Please see How the Catalogue Works.
  • Items newer than 1 year from the date of publication (books) or release to DVD/Blu-ray (movies, documentaries, and TV shows)
  • Online material such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streamed films, etc. Please visit the eBooks and eResources page for more information on borrowing these items.
  • Items that are in high demand, e.g. books that have just won awards, are part of provincial or national book clubs, or have just been released as movies, etc.
  • Video games
  • Items from institutional and non-public libraries that charge fees for borrowing

How do I request an ILLO?

  • You must know the exact title and author, or performer for DVDs/Blu-rays or music CDs (you can check amazon.ca or imdb.com if you are not sure).
  • You can ask us to find books on a particular subject without knowing any titles but we may ask you for more detailed information.
  • We cannot do general searches, e.g. mysteries in French.
  • Call or visit any Georgina Public Library location and staff will place the request for you, or complete the Request an Interlibrary Loan form.

How long will it take for an item to arrive?

  • We anticipate longer wait times for interlibrary loan items. Please expect 3–7 weeks between your request and the arrival of the item.
  • It can take longer if, for instance, the item is checked out at the lending library and we have to wait for it.
  • From time to time, ILLO services at our library and other libraries are suspended due to vacations, etc.

How will I know when it is available?

  • Once your item is received, you will be notified by phone or email depending on your normal preference.
  • The item will be available for 5 days on the holds shelf in the library location you chose for pick-up.

How do I return it?

  • You may return the item to any of our locations.
  • Do not remove any special cards or identifying strips of paper or stickers.
  • Do not return it to another library system.

Where else can I find an item if I can’t get it through interlibrary loan?

  •  Search Georgina Public Library’s catalogue for eBooks and eAudiobooks.
  • Search hoopla or Kanopy for movies.
  • Register with CELA if you have a print disability and would like to listen to an audiobook. CELA has a wide selection of materials, including current and popular titles. The titles are available as downloadable files or on CDs compatible with any player with MP3 capabilities.
  • Search other nearby library systems. Georgina residents are eligible for library cards at all libraries in York Region, and Brock Township Public Library. You would need to obtain a card at each library system from which you wish to borrow materials.

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