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Interlibrary Loans

You can check the status of any TAL interlibrary loans by clicking here.

We can obtain books, microfilm, photocopies and audiovisual material (some limitations apply) from other libraries for our patrons on request. If you can't find what you're looking for in the Library catalogue go to TAL online and search there. You can place requests from the TAL Online site. If you cannot find the item you want at TAL Online, visit our Information Desk on the 2nd floor or call us at 780-459-1682 and we will do our best to find what you want.  

Q.  Who can place an interlibrary loan request?

A.  All patrons whose card is in good standing at St. Albert Public Library. TAL Card holders request interlibrary loans through their local library.

Q.  Is there a charge for requesting an interlibrary loan?

A.  No. This service is free at St. Albert Public Library. 

Q.  What happens once an interlibrary loan is placed?

A.  First we evaluate the request. This usually results in us placing an interlibrary loan request. Sometimes we buy the item if we think other patrons would benefit from it being in the collection. In either case, a we will place a hold for you on the item, and notify you once it arrives.   

Q.  How many items can I request at one time?

A.  Please limit your requests to five at a time.

Q.  How long does it take to receive an interlibrary loan request?

A.  From two to six weeks or occasionally longer.

Q.  What is the loan period for an interlibrary loan?

A.  The loan period is set by the lending library. Generally, it is three weeks. Interlibrary loans are not renewable.

Q.  Can interlibrary loans be suspended or deleted like other requests?

A.  Once the interlibrary loan process has been started, it is difficult to stop it. Please do not request an interlibrary loan if you will not be available for the next six weeks.

QWhat happens if I damage or lose an interlibrary loan item?

A.  You will be responsible for the replacement cost of the item plus an administrative fee. These amounts are set by the lending library and may be substantial.

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