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Interlibrary Loan



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    Interlibrary Loan

Services | January 25, 2022

Idea Exchange is now resuming Inter-Library loan service. Please be aware that interlibrary loans may take a little longer than usual to arrive as libraries across Ontario transition back to full services.

Can’t find a title that you would love to read? Our Interlibrary Loan department (also known as ILLO) may be able to help!

We may be able to borrow the following materials from another library outside of Cambridge:

  • Books
  • Books on CD

Before making a request, please note:

  • The book or book on cd must be at least two years old.
  • Only three requests are permitted, per member, at one time.

We make every effort to fill your request at no cost to you. Occasionally, the only source is a university library, and these libraries charge us to borrow their materials. We will let you know if there will be a charge for your book, and you can decide what to do.

Other types of ILLO requests:

  • Looking for a book in a language we don't have? We often request books in a variety of languages from other libraries. French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, or Gujarati are just a few examples.
  • Have trouble reading print because of a visual, physical, or learning disability? We can help you borrow accessible resources from the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). A Talking Book Service membership is required. To learn more about our Talking Book Service or CELA, please visit our Accessibility page.

You can make a request online for an Interlibrary Loan item, or talk to a friendly staff member at any of our locations to get the process started.