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Interlibrary Loans

Important UpdateImportant Updates!

The interlibrary loan service (ILLO) has resumed with slight changes as of June 1, 2019.

Library and Archives Canada has announced that it will lend Canadian Newspapers on microfilm, “to Canadian libraries when this material is not available anywhere else than in Library and Archives Canada’s holdings”. Library and Archives Canada has imposed some conditions to lending material through the Interlibrary Loans service. [more…]

What Is It?

Interlibrary Loan is a system of borrowing and lending of material between library systems across Canada. Your Oakville Public Library card allows you to have access to material from various public libraries and archives.

Each customer is entitled to order 5 interlibrary loans per week, with a maximum limit of 15 pending requests on a client’s library account at any given time.

What Can’t Be Borrowed

  • Newly published/acquired material, current bestsellers
  • Reference material (directories, encyclopedias, etc.); electronic resources
  • Textbooks and school course materials
  • Materials owned by other Halton library systems (Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills). OPL has an agreement with the other library systems in the Halton region. This means our customers can borrow materials from their systems directly, using their OPL card.
  • Any audiovisual material, including audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray.

What Does It Cost

Most public libraries in Canada will loan material free of charge. If your request can be filled from one of these libraries there will be no charge to you. If a fee is charged, this will be passed on to you. We do not order from these libraries without your permission. The charges are added to your account at the Library and must be paid when picking up the book.

A $1 fee is charged to your account for each interlibrary loan item not picked up by the deadline.

How Do I Do It

A set of detailed instructions is available, but you can talk to the reference staff at any one of our branches, or try our Ask Us service. For microfilm, please use our microfilm request form.

Wait Times

It usually takes between 2 – 4 weeks.


Normally interlibrary loans are not renewable. However, in exceptional circumstances please contact the branch where you picked up your interlibrary loan.