For Toronto Public Library users: requesting material from another library system

What types of material can be requested?

Interlibrary Loan will obtain books, microfilms, photocopies and other library material not owned by or missing from the Toronto Public Library collections. A circulating copy of a book or other material may be requested on interlibrary loan if the copy in Toronto Public Library's collection is for use in library (reference) only.

All library materials may be requested on interlibrary loan, subject to the availability and interlibrary loan policies of the lending libraries. Generally, audio-visual materials, such as DVDs/videos and cassettes/CDs, are not available for interlibrary loan.

How do I make an interlibrary loan request?

You can submit an interlibrary loan request at any Toronto Public Library branch or by printing this form (PDF version) and taking it into a branch. You will need a valid TPL library card.

What is self-serve interlibrary loan and how can I register?

Self-serve interlibrary loan is an optional service that allows customers to search for items in other Ontario public library systems and place their own requests. Register by emailing us your name and library card number at selfserveillo@tpl.ca. After we process your request, we will send you instructions and a self-serve interlibrary loan link.

How much does it cost?

The service is free unless the library lending the material charges for the loan. In that case, the fee charged by the lending library will be passed along to the customer. Lost or damaged materials will be charged to the customer at the rate charged by the lending library. A fine of $1.00 will be automatically charged for interlibrary loans that are filled for a customer but not picked up. For more details, ask at your local branch.

Reference Loans within the Toronto Public Library System

If there are two copies of a reference book (and no circulating copies) at North York Central Library or Toronto Reference Library, and you are unable to travel to the owning library to read it, staff may in some cases be able to have the book sent to a Toronto Public Library branch near you for you to read it there. You can make a request at any Toronto Public Library Branch with a valid TPL library card.

You can submit a Reference Loan request at any Toronto Public Library branch or by printing this form (PDF) and taking it into a branch. You will need a valid TPL library card.

Each request will be reviewed individually. Reference loans may not be possible for a number of reasons (fragility, cost, uniqueness or irreplaceability of the item). The following categories of material cannot be considered for reference loan:

A fine of $1.00 will be automatically charged for reference loans that are filled for a customer but not picked up.

For other libraries: requesting material from Toronto Public Library

For libraries requesting materials from Toronto Public Library, the library's Interlibrary Loan Policies are listed on the Library and Archives Canada site. For more information contact the Interlibrary Loan department at ill@torontopubliclibrary.ca. Until further notice, please submit all requests to Toronto Public Library via email.

For members of other library systems who do not have a TPL membership

Please visit your local library to request an Interlibrary Loan from Toronto Public Library. You must have a membership with another library to request an item belonging to TPL.