Renfrew Public Library

Interlibrary Loans



As many of you know, budget cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service by the Ontario government resulted in the loss of our courier service to deliver interlibrary loans. Instead, we will now receive partial reimbursement from SOLS for our postage costs, the remainder of which will now come out of the Library's own budget. Despite this setback, RPL is committed to providing the best service possible and interlibrary loan services are currently fully operational.

If you are already signed up for Self-Service Interlibrary Loans, login here:


What are Interlibrary Loans?

While the Renfrew Public Library tries to provide a diverse, relevant collection of materials for our community, there will be times when an item is not available, is out of print, or doesn’t fit within our collection policy guidelines. When that happens we can try to borrow the item on your behalf from another library through our Interlibrary Loans (ILLO) service.

How do I request an Interlibrary Loan?

  • Search Renfrew Public Library’s CATALOGUE first. If we have the title you are looking for, sign in to your account and place a reservation on the item.

  • If you want an item that is less than 12 months old and we don't have it, suggest a purchase. 

  • If RPL does not own the title and it is more than 12 months old, you can PLACE AN ILLO REQUEST 

Submitting Interlibrary Loan Requests

There are two (3) ways you can submit an interlibrary loan request. 

  1. Login in to your account. Click on "My Account", choose "New Interlibrary Loan" from the dropdown menu. Choose the button which reads, "Request an Item". Fill in as much information as you can. Click "Save". Your request has now been sent to RPL staff for processing!
  2. Come in to the library and fill out a reserve form.
  3. Register for self-serve interlibrary loan service!

Self-Serve Interlibrary Loan Service

Self-serve interlibrary loan allows patrons to search and request items from other Ontario public library systems. Being registered for a self-serve account means you can request items yourself and track your requests. If you are interested in being registered for this service, please email or call the library @ 613-432-8151

Instructions for Placing ILLO Requests

What costs are involved?

  • The service is free to all patrons. Overdue charges apply, and lost or damaged materials will be charged to the patron at the rate charged by the lending library.

How long can I borrow an item?

  • Please be aware items can take upwards of 2 weeks to arrive.

  • We’ll call or e-mail you when it is ready to be picked up at the library.

  • The loan period is usually about 3 weeks, but is set by the library that lends us the item. DVDs may have shorter loan periods.