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Interlibrary Loans

DIY Inter-library Item Loans

If the Penticton Public Library does not have the book you need, we will try to borrow the book from another library! 

New: Click here to make your own inter-library requests!

To request an interlibrary loan, bring the title and author to the Information Desk or telephone the library at (250) 770-7781 ext 4502.

To request a bookclub set that is not in our collection and not published in the last year, you may call us or fill out the webform.

You may also search illume (formerly outlook online) to see if the title is available.

What can I get?

  • Books published more than a year ago (we will consider purchasing newer items)
  • Photocopies of magazine and newspaper articles
  • Microfilm/fiche of genealogical materials
  • DAISY CD's for the visually impaired (borrowed from the CNIB)
  • Bookclub sets that are not in our collection published more than a year ago.

What can't I get?

  • Books published in current or preceding year

Are there items which are harder to get?

There are, this is because some libraries will lend out these items, and others will not.

  • DVDs and CDs 
  • Textbooks 

What is the cost?

  • There is no cost to borrow a book from another library.
  • There is a $5.00 fee if the item is not picked up.

How long does it take?

  • It varies. If the book is owned by a library in the Kootenays and is on the shelf, it may take only a few days. Books from larger regional systems may take two to three weeks.
  • We will tell you when the book is here, or if we are not able to get it. 

How long can I keep it?

  • Books may be kept for three weeks. You will be given a due date slip.

Can it be renewed?

  • We contact the lending library to ask for a renewal. Most BC public libraries allow one renewal.

How man Interlibary Loans can I have?

  • You may have three interlibrary loans at one time.
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