Interlibrary Loan FAQ

What is an Interlibrary Loan?

An interlibrary loan allows the library to borrow an item that we don’t have from another library in BC or elsewhere.

What is available through Interlibrary Loan?

Mainly books, although some libraries will lend their DVDs, CDs (audiobooks, music, etc.), microfilms, audio-visual and multimedia items, and photocopied articles.

What is not available through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Items already at your library
  • New books published within the last 12 months
  • Whole issues of magazines

Who can use this service?

Patrons with a valid library card can request items by Interlibrary Loan.

Do I have to pay for Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loans are free from libraries within the province, but there are varying charges to patrons if loans are from universities or from out of province.

How do I request an Interlibrary Loan?

You can search for the item yourself using Outlook Online, a provincial catalogue of all BC libraries. For help requesting items online, visit the Tips for Outlook Online. Or you can fill out a request form at the library. If you are unsure of the title, ask the library for help before submitting a form.

How long does it take?

Interlibrary loans can take up to four weeks within Canada depending on the response time, location and shipping mode of the lending library.

Can I renew my Interlibrary Loan?

No, ILL loans are not renewable. ILL items may be borrowed for 21 days.

Need more information?

Please call the library during opening hours.