about + membership banner

Interlibrary Loan



  • Woman holding out book
    Interlibrary Loan

Services | June 24, 2020

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.

If the book or book on CD is at least two years old, we may be able to obtain it from another library outside of Cambridge.

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.

Working on your family tree?  We have access to archival microfilm from the Ontario Archives including births, deaths, marriages, and land records.

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, Guajarati are just a few examples.

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. Only three requests per member at one time.