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Interlibrary Loan (ILLO)

Interlibrary Loan is a service which allows customers to borrow material from another library if it is not owned by the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Your library card must be valid and in good standing to participate in this service.

On average, it takes 3 weeks to fill an ILLO request, depending on the availability of the material. The Library cannot guarantee fulfillment by a certain date.

The loan period for Interlibrary Loan material is usually 4 weeks (subject to any restrictions placed by the owning library). Occasionally, owning libraries will loan material for in-house research only and we must comply with any restrictions placed on usage.

Renewal of ILLO material may be granted for a 7 day period. There are no renewals allowed on microfilm materials and books belonging to university libraries. Overdue fines are 50 cents per day.

Most public libraries will loan to other public libraries free of charge, however most university libraries charge a fee ranging from $5 to over $20. The Library will attempt to fulfill ILLO requests from non-charging locations, but this is not always possible. ILLO Department staff will contact you to confirm your willingness to pay. If you are not willing to accept charges, the request will be canceled. If you do authorize us to proceed and no longer need the material when it arrives, you will still be liable for any costs that Niagara Falls Public Library has incurred.

For questions regarding Interlibrary Loan, please call 905-356-8080.


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Ontario Archives participates in the ILLO system.

The Ontario Archives catalogue of materials available for ILLO can be viewed at: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/microfilm/index.aspx

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Material Generally Available

  • Books
  • Some Audio visual items such as DVDs and CDs
  • Copies of magazine articles
  • Microfilm from the Ontario Archives

Material Not Generally Available 

  • Bestsellers and high-demand items
  • New material published within 6 months
  • Reference books
  • Complete issues of magazines