Interlibrary loan service suspension

Ontario’s 2019-20 provincial budget, tabled April 11, implemented a 58.6 million dollar cut to the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the governing body for libraries in the province. As a result, the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) is seeing a 50 per cent cut to its 2019-20 operating budget.

 

What does this mean for OPL?

  • Oakville Public Library uses the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) to operate the interlibrary loan service.
  • Interlibrary loan is a service whereby OPL customers can borrow library items that are owned by another library system (example, Toronto Public Library).
  • As a result of the budget cuts, SOLS has suspended the interlibrary loan service.
  • This does not affect items owned by OPL. Customers can still pick up and return OPL library items at any OPL branch.
  • OPL is working with other Ontario libraries to identify options, pending SOLS making final decisions about the future of the interlibrary loan service.
  • OPL is continuing to review the provincial budget for areas that have the potential to further impact our work.

 

What does this mean for OPL customers?

  • Some interlibrary loan orders requested before Friday, April 19 will be filled and delivered as per usual. We will send you an individual notification if your interlibrary loan request cannot be filled. No renewals or extensions on currently borrowed interlibrary loan items will be possible.
  • All interlibrary loan orders requested on or after Friday, April 19 will not be filled or delivered.
  • Currently, you may still be able to access your account and place requests on interlibrary loan items, however these requests will not be filled or delivered.
  • We will provide customers with more information and developments about the interlibrary loan service suspension as they become available from SOLS.

 

What if I am currently borrowing an interlibrary loan item?

  • If your interlibrary loan item is currently overdue, please return the item to Oakville Public Library by Friday, April 26. If overdue interlibrary loan items are not returned by this date, they will be treated as Lost Materials.
  • No renewals or extensions on currently borrowed interlibrary loan items will be possible.

 

We will provide customers with more information and developments about the interlibrary loan service suspension as they become available.


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