What is an Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loans (ILL) are the way library materials are made available from one library system to another.
If the Edmonton Public Library doesn’t own an item or format that you’d like to borrow, our Interlibrary Loan Department will try to get a copy sent from another library system within Alberta or Canada.
What Can I Borrow?
Through Interlibrary Loans, you can borrow the following items (with some restrictions):
- Books (typically not titles published during the current year)
- CDs (from Alberta libraries only)
- DVDs and Blu-Rays (from Alberta libraries only)
- Videogames (from Alberta libraries only)
- Photocopies of specific magazine articles or newspaper articles
- Photocopies of specific pages or sections from city directories (such as phone books, Henderson’s Directories, etc.)
- Microfilm/Microfiche (may only be viewed at our Whitemud Crossing Branch)
Please note: in the case of photocopied items, the customer may keep the photocopies.
Where Can I Borrow Items From?
Which libraries you search to find an item you’d like to borrow through Interlibrary Loans depends largely on what you’re looking to borrow. The following libraries accessible via Interlibrary Loans offer varying collections:
- TAL: for academic, government, special and public library resources in Alberta.
- ME Libraries: for public library resources across Alberta.
- NEOS: for academic, government and special library resources in Alberta (includes on-site access to databases).
If you’re not an EPL customer, but you have a valid card from another library in Alberta, and are in good standing, you may also be eligible to borrow from EPL’s collection via a TAL Card or ME Libraries.
How Do I Borrow an Item Through Interlibrary Loans?
- Start by searching the Edmonton Public Library’s collection. If we have it, then you cannot request an Interlibrary Loan (even if the item you want is not currently available).
- If you think the item you want is something EPL should have in our collection, you can suggest the item for purchase.
- If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our collection, then you may be able to find it in another library system in Alberta. Try searching TAL’s collection.
- If you find the item you’re looking for at a TAL member library, you can have it delivered to an EPL branch for pick up by clicking on the REQUEST (Note: Delivery may take between six to eight weeks.)
- Can’t find the item you’re looking for through any of the above methods? Fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form at the bottom of this page and we’ll do our best to find it for you.
Please note that we ask that you limit your requests to five items at one time.
If you require the item sooner, please consider one of the following options:
- Borrow the item directly from Alberta's academic (university and college), public and provincial special libraries using a TAL Card. Learn more about getting a TAL card. (Please note: this option requires physically visiting the library branch and/or system you intend to borrow from.)
- Borrow the item directly from Alberta’s public libraries with your EPL card by using ME Libraries, which provides access almost all public libraries in Alberta. Learn more about borrowing from ME Libraries. (Please note: this option requires physically visiting the library branch and/or system you intend to borrow from.)
- EPL customers have access to additional resources available through NEOS, a network of government, health, college and university libraries. Check if your item is available through NEOS.
Can’t Find the Item You’re Looking For?
If you can't find your item in either EPL’s collection or through the methods listed above, don’t worry; all is not lost. You can complete the Interlibrary Loan request form below and we’ll do our best to find it for you.
Please note that the limit of five active ILL requests per customer includes all requests, whether submitted through TAL Online or through this form.
Interlibrary Loan Request Form
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