Interlibrary Loans is the loan of library material by one library to another library for the use of its patrons.
Your public library will have some form of Interlibrary Loans. Please ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.
If you are able to tell your library where the item can be found, this may expedite the service. Don't expect your item to show up the next day. If you are ordering something from the National Archives of Canada (NAC), it may take 6 to 12 months to come; the reason being the NAC receives a large volume of requests and it does not have the staff/resources to process your request immediately. Please be patient and your material will come eventually.
There are a number of online resources and bibliographic tools that an individual can consult. If you need assistance in searching these sites/tools, please ask at the Reference Desk of your public library for assistance.
It depends on where your library goes for the material. To date the National Library of Canada and most Ontario public libraries do not charge. Please check with your Interlibrary Loans department before ordering material. Some universities charge for loaning their material (books/microform) (ie. University of Waterloo charges $10 per item) There will always be charges for articles. The average cost runs between $5.00 and $10.00.
A few words of caution:
Due to the nature of genealogical items (i.e. high usage, limited number of items available, fragile nature, etc) you may find them to be declared non-circulating. In this case you may want to make a trip to the library/archive in question and consult the material on site. Please call the library/archive before you embark on your trip to establish their hours of operation and if there are any special requirements required on your part (i.e. you need three pieces of identification for a reader's card)
Last updated: June 13, 2006