Interlibrary Loan FAQ

Notice: Effective August 1st, 2012, a $1.00 fine may be levied for the non-pickup of an interlibrary loan item.

What is an Interlibrary Loan?

An interlibrary loan allows the library to borrow a book that we don’t have from another library system in BC or elsewhere.  Then we lend the book to you.

What is available through Interlibrary Loan?

Books, microfilms, and photocopied articles are available through this service. New for 2018, audiobooks are now also available through Interlibrary Loan.

What is not available through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Items we already have at SSIPL (unless a book club needs multiple copies).
  • Books published in the last 12 months.
  • DVDs, compact discs, videotapes, and other audio-visual and multimedia items.
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks.  Please go to OverDrive or RB Digital to download eBooks and eAudiobooks.
  • Whole issues of magazines.

Who can use this service?

Patrons with a valid SSIPL card can request items by Interlibrary Loan.

Do I have to pay for Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loans are free from libraries within the province to borrowers, but there are varying charges if loans are from Universities or from out of province.

How do I request an Interlibrary Loan?

You can fill out an interlibrary request form at the library or use Outlook Online on the library website.

How long does it take?

Interlibrary loans can take up to four weeks within Canada depending on the response time, location and shipping mode of the lending library.

Please be sure to submit your request from the ILL Outlook Online catalogue.  If you are unsure of the title, ask our staff to help you before submitting the form.

Can I renew my Interlibrary Loan?

No, except in exceptional circumstances, ILL loans are not renewable.


Need more information?

Please call our main number at (250) 537-4666 ext. 234 .