Update: Oakville Public Library resumes interlibrary loan service as of June 1

The Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) recently experienced a 50 per cent cut to its operating budget. Oakville Public Library uses SOLS to operate the interlibrary loan service (ILLO). As a result of the budget cut, SOLS is no longer able to transport materials between different library systems across of Ontario, and suspended this service as of April 26, 2019.

We recognize the tremendous value of the interlibrary loan service to our customers, and we are responding to the feedback we heard from you about this service suspension.

We have worked to find a temporary solution which will allow the interlibrary loan service to continue at Oakville Public Library. Since SOLS is no longer able to transport materials between library systems, we have decided to take on the transportation costs at our own expense.

Our donors are the reason we are able to offer this temporary solution, to fill the gap the budget cuts to SOLS have left. Without past monetary support from donors, we would not be able to resume the ILLO service in the absence of government funding.

As we move forward, we will keep working in collaboration with our partner libraries to develop a larger, more sustainable solution to continue to offer this important resource-sharing system.

What you need to know:

  • Starting June 1, OPL will resume the interlibrary loan service, with some slight changes.
  • Most notably, customers will no longer be able to request print materials owned by other Halton libraries through ILLO. If you are a Halton resident, you can borrow materials directly from any of the three other Halton libraries (Burlington, Halton Hills and Milton) with your OPL card. For example, if a title is available at Burlington Public Library, you will no longer be able to request it through ILLO.
  • Customers will no longer be able to request audiovisual materials through ILLO. This includes audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray.
  • As a reminder, this does not affect any items owned by OPL. Customers can still pick-up and return OPL items at any OPL branch (for example, an item owned by White Oaks Branch but returned at Central Branch).

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of material can I request through interlibrary loan (ILLO)?

Customers can still request any print materials owned by libraries outside the Halton region. Microfilm and microfiche items will also still be available through ILLO.

What can’t I request anymore?

Customers will no longer be able to request audiovisual materials through ILLO. This includes audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray. Customers will no longer be able to request materials that are available at any one of the three other Halton library systems (Burlington, Halton Hills and Milton).

Why can’t I request items from other Halton libraries through ILLO?

We have a special 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, so ILLO is not necessary. To borrow items, customers must set up an account with the library system using a valid OPL card. We recommend calling the library to request it holds the material for you, prior to visiting the location in person.


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