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Interlibrary Loan

Looking for an item we don’t have in our collection? You may be able to borrow the item from another library elsewhere in Manitoba. This service is referred to as an Interlibrary Loan.

First, check our catalogue for your item. If it doesn’t show up on your search results screen, you may place your item request with library staff in person, online through the fILL database.

Requests commonly take a week to ten days to fill. We will contact you when your book is received at the library.

Interlibrary Loan F.A.Q

Please note, in order to use this service:

  • You will need a valid membership PRL card in good standing to make an interlibrary loan request.
  • Please provide as much information as you can about the item you’re requesting: author, title, publication date or edition if that is important, ISBN, etc.
  • If you need something by a specific date, please indicate this to our staff or via email.
  • Fees may be applicable – contact your local branch for details.

What is the loan period for an ILL item?

The loan period depends on the owning library and is usually two to five weeks. Please try to pick up your interlibrary loan as soon as we contact you.

Can interlibrary loans be renewed?

Many interlibrary loan items are not renewable. Some institutions do allow renewals on requested materials. If you would like to renew you must contact our staff.

How long does it take for me to receive my requested interlibrary loan item?

Waiting times vary, but it can take up to two to three weeks, depending on the availability and the location of the item requested. We will notify you if the item is unavailable. We ask that you wait three weeks before contacting us for an update.

How will I be notified that my ILL has arrived?

The Library will notify you by email (if given) or phone when the item is available for pick-up. We will also inform you of the item’s due date and any charges.

Where can I pick up and return my ILL?

You can pick up and return interlibrary loans at the front desk. Interlibrary loans must be returned to the front desk or in the book chute.