Interlibrary Loans

If the library doesn't have a book, microfilm, or magazine article you need, we can usually obtain it
from another library though the Interlibrary Loan Service.

Log in with your SPL membership card number to request an Interlibrary Loan using the online form. 

Interlibrary Loan Request

Who can request an Interlibrary Loan?

All residents of Saskatchewan who hold a valid library card. We will be unable to place an Interlibrary Loan request if your card has expired or if you have charges on your card of $10.01 or more.

Are there charges for this service? What about late charges?

The Interlibrary Loan service is free but there are charges if the item is overdue, damaged or lost. If the item is kept past the due date, you will be charged $.30 per day for late fees. If the item is damaged or not returned, you will be charged a replacement cost. This amount is set by the lending library.

How long does it take?

Many items come within four to six weeks. However, unusual items may take several months to find. Each request is filled as soon as available material is located. We search first within Saskatchewan, then within Canada. Interlibrary Loan Services might not be able to obtain books from outside Canada.

What cannot be requested through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Items owned by the SILS consortium
  • Entire magazines or newspapers
  • Books on CD
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • CD-ROMs
  • Computer software or games
  • Rare books and reference books are not usually loaned to us or, if loaned, must be used in the library. If you require only a few pages from a specialized work, microfilm, magazine, or newspaper, we can order a photocopy of those pages for you.You may submit your request online or by calling your local branch.

How will I be notified about my request? Where may I pick it up?

You will be contacted when an item you requested arrives for you or if an item is unavailable. Interlibrary Loans items may be picked up and returned at any public library in Saskatchewan.

How long can I keep my Interlibrary Loan? Can it be renewed?

The loan period is 21 days. If the lending library allows, you can ask for a renewal.