Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Update

We are happy to announce that Interlibrary loan has resumed, in a limited capacity.  Items that are not currently owned by Middlesex County Library can be requested via our 'Item Request' form.  Requested items may be purchased for the collection, or borrowed through ILLO.

For Our Patrons

  • Personal ILLO accounts and logins will not be reactivated.
  • Please make requests for Books, DVDs and Audiobooks not currently owned by Middlesex County Library via the 'Item Request' form.
  • Middlesex County Library’s inter-branch loans (holds) and digital collections are available as usual.

Why We've Made Changes to ILLO

For 20 years Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) has administered the province wide interlibrary loan service to all public libraries in Ontario.  With the release of the 2019 Ontario Budget, provincial funding of SOLS was cut by 50%.  Barbara Franchetto, CEO of SOLS, announced that due to this drastic budget cut SOLS could no longer maintain this service at the current level.

Interlibrary loans are an essential service for libraries in the province, allowing patrons to have access to materials from libraries across Ontario.  Libraries, particularly small and rural systems, cannot maintain a collection of all of the items that patrons wish to read, watch, or listen to due to the limitations of budget and space in our branches.  Sharing resources through the interlibrary loan service facilitated by SOLS enabled Middlesex County Library to better meet the needs of our patrons.

In 2018 Middlesex County residents borrowed over 5,600 books, DVDs, and audiobooks from other libraries in Ontario.  Middlesex County Library is very concerned about the impact that the potential loss of this service will have on our patrons, as well as the effect on the library’s ability to carry out our mandate to satisfy the information and reading needs of residents, businesses, and governments serving Middlesex County.  The Library Board and staff will be working on addressing these issues in the coming weeks and will provide more information as it becomes available.