Pile of books.

InterLibrary Loan

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
- Kathleen Norris


Submit an ILLO Request

Fill out this form to submit an InterLibrary Loan Request. Please limit to 4 open requests at one time.

Interlibrary Loan will obtain books, articles, audiobooks, compact discs and microfilm (see below), not owned by or missing from the Stratford Public Library and PCIN collections. Generally, DVD and VHS are not available for interlibrary loan.

All library materials requested on interlibrary loan are subject to the availability and interlibrary loan policies of the lending libraries. Borrowers need a valid SPL library card to make an interlibrary loan request. For more details ask at the library.

A few notes regarding ILLO:

  • Check the SPL catalogue first. If we do not have the book you would like, submit an Interlibrary Loan Form or ask staff to assist you in processing your request.
  • SPL card holders can request up to 4 Interlibrary Loans.
  • Interlibrary loans take from 1 – 6 weeks to arrive.
  • Archival material may take longer.
  • We will contact you once your item(s) have arrived or if your request cannot be filled. Interlibrary loans must be picked up within 4 days.

The following items may NOT be requested for interlibrary loan:

  • anything in the SPL catalogue, excluding reference material and e-books
  • books published in the past 12 months
  • DVDs and VHS
  • entire issues of periodicals


  • We now accept reqeusts for microfilm and microfiche.  Fill out the our Microfilm / Microfiche request form to submit a request. 
  • To check for archival microfilm from the Archives of Ontario, access the Microfilm Interloan Service section of their website.
  • If possible, please include the microfilm reference code (GS1, GS2, MS, B), along with the reel number and a brief description of the item (i.e. vital statistics, court records etc.).
  • Newspaper microfilm requests should specify newspaper name and date (year and month).

International Languages

  • Requests must be for a specific title. Please supply the original title or author. 

Magazine / Journal Articles

  • We require the title, date, issue, and page numbers to order photocopies of articles.


  • Requests for renewal must be made at least 5 days before the due date and are granted subject to the approval of the lending library.


For more information, contact the Interlibrary Loans staff at 519-271-0220 x130 or send a message to stratfordinterloan@pcin.on.ca.