Middlesex County Library regrets to inform our community that the Interlibrary Loan Service is suspended, effective immediately. 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%. On April 18 Barbara Franchetto, CEO of SOLS, announced that due to this drastic budget cut SOLS could no longer maintain this service.
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.
For Our Patrons
- Interloan items currently checked out must be returned by the due date given.
- There will be no renewals on any interlibrary loan items.
- New interlibrary loan requests cannot be made. You can suggest an item for purchase using our “Suggest a Purchase” form.
- Middlesex County Library’s inter-branch loans (holds) and digital collections are available as usual.