Interlibrary Loan

what is an illo?

ILLO is library shorthand for an "Interlibrary Loan". As part of a special agreement, you can access the books of over 175 public libraries in Ontario, public and academic libraries across the country, the Ontario Archives, and Library and Archives Canada.

The network is a partnership between the participating public libraries, Ontario Library Service-North and Southern Ontario Library Service with support from the Ministry of Culture.

Visit the ILLO website

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how does it work?

If you can't find what you need in the Middlesex County Library collection, we can request books and photocopies on Interlibrary Loan.  A variety of items are available, including multicultural and multi-lingual items.

Microfilm requests also can be filled, but must be viewed at library branches where microfilm reader equipment is available: Strathroy Library, Parkhill Library, Lucan Library and Dorchester Library.

We cannot accept requests for audiovisual material (DVDs, videos, audio books, CDs etc.).

requesting an illo

You may request in two ways. 

  1. You can visit any of our fifteen branches and have the staff request on your behalf. (This is the preferred method for most people.)
  2. Register for self-service requests by sending your name, telephone number and library card number in an email to our Interlibrary Loan office at

If you send an email request to register for self-service, once you are registered you will receive via email:

  • a unique User ID and password
  • instructions on how you can place requests for books outside of Middlesex County, using the ILLO website (called INFO Ontario).