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Our interlibrary loans service allows you to borrow books, microfilms and print materials not owned by the Greater Victoria Public Library from other library systems in B.C. and Canada.

Please search the GVPL catalogue for your title before proceeding with a request.

Please note: Effective Tuesday, May 22, 2018, material borrowed through interlibrary loan cannot be renewed or re-requested for a period of three months.

Items Available through Interlibrary Loan

  • Books (except those published in the current or previous calendar year)
  • Photocopies of newspapers, magazine or journal articles
  • Microfilm (may only be viewed at Central Branch)

Items Not Available through Interlibrary Loan

  • Books owned by GVPL
  • Books published in the current or previous calendar year
  • Audio visual materials (DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMS, videogames)

Requesting an Interlibrary Loan


Step 1 – Search GVPL’s catalogue to make sure we don’t already own the book

Step 2 – Search Outlook Online to see if the book is available at another library in B.C. From the search results, click the title you would like to request. If you see multiple results for the same title, click on the result with the highest number of Owning Libraries. Click Request This Item and fill out the form.

If you do not find the book at GVPL or through Outlook Online, then, you can fill out our interlibrary loan request form. You may experience longer processing times for your request. We thank you for your patience.

Microfilm and Photocopies

For microfilm and journal article/photocopy requests, please fill out our interlibrary loan request form.

Eight active interlibrary loan requests per cardholder are permitted at one time.

Once your item arrives, you have five days to pick it up. If it’s not picked up, your account will be charged $1.00.

The overdue charge for an interlibrary loan is $1.00 per day. If the material is lost or damaged, you are responsible for any costs set by the lending library.

Interlibrary loans can take up to four weeks to process, depending on the response time, location and shipping mode of the lending library.

Check the status of your loan request through Outlook Online – click Track ILL Requests (123 icon) in the top right corner
Check the status of your loan request through the Interlibrary Loan Form

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