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Winnipeg Public Library

Interlibrary Loan


Due to COVID-19, and the library closures, we are not taking any requests

Materials not available through interlibrary loan

  • Audiovisual materials such as DVDs, videos, CDs, or CD-ROMs
  • Recently published books (within the last 12 months)
  • Non-circulating or reference materials
  • Rare materials, original manuscripts
  • Oversized materials such as large maps
  • Copyright law may limit the amount of information another library can photocopy


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the loan period for an interlibrary loan item?

The loan period depends on the owning library and is usually two to five weeks. Try to pick up your interlibrary loan as soon as we contact you, since the lending period begins on the day the item arrives here.

Can interlibrary loans be renewed?

Many interlibrary loan items are not renewable. Some institutions do allow renewals on requested materials, but if you would like to renew you must contact our interlibrary loan staff five days before the date the item is due. Call 204-986-6491 to leave a message or talk to a staff member.

How long does it take for me to receive my requested interlibrary loan item?

Waiting times vary, but it can take up to two to three weeks, depending on the availability and the location of the item requested. We will notify you if the item is unavailable. We ask that you to wait three weeks before contacting us for an update.

How will I be notified that my interlibrary loan has arrived?

The Library will notify you by phone or email (whichever contact method you choose on the Interlibrary Loan Request form) when the item is available for pick-up. We will also inform you of the item's due date and any charges.

Where can I pick up and return my interlibrary loans?

You can pick up and return interlibrary loans only at the reference desks of the Millennium and St. Boniface library branches. At the Millennium Library, books and articles are picked up at the Main Service Desk on the 4th floor. At the St. Boniface Library, books and articles are picked up at the Service Desk on the 2nd floor. Interlibrary loans must be taken back to the Service Desk where they were signed out, not dropped off through the book chute.

Last update: February 25, 2021

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