Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

** ILL Update **
We are pleased to announce the reopening of our Interlibrary Loan service. 

The GSPL wishes to provide a collection that meets the needs of all library users. Sometimes though, our users need items not currently owned by our library. In collaboration with libraries throughout both Ontario and other provinces in Canada, we offer the Interlibrary Loan Service. By sharing our collections, we are able to support not only the community of Greater Sudbury, but the library community as a whole.

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Interlibrary Loan Information

What can I borrow through Interlibrary Loans?

All library materials may be requested for Interlibrary Loans but are subject to the availability and Interlibrary Loan polices of lending libraries. 

Interlibrary Loan materials include: books, audio books, DVD's, CD's.
Microfilm is only available from the Archives of Ontario.

What can't I borrow through Interlibrary Loans?

Lending Libraries will likely not lend the following:
  • Rare, fragile and valuable materials
  • Microfilm from Libraries
  • Materials in high demand such as bestsellers, DVDs, curriculum materials, including textbooks, etc.
  • Reference materials such as directories, dictionaries, genealogical indices, encyclopedia, etc.
  • Various materials such as kits, loose-leaf materials, pop-up books, scripts, screenplays, multi-volume sets, etc.
  • Entire issues of periodicals

Before submitting an Interlibrary Loan request please verify the following:

  • The item is not available at Greater Sudbury Public Library
  • The item was published more than 12 months ago.
  • The item is in print format. We are not able to request electronic versions.
  • Your library card is in good standing.

Request an Interlibrary Loan

If you wish to request material not in our collection, that is older than 1 calendar year, please submit your request using our Interlibrary Loan Request form.

Self-serve Interlibrary Loan

Select the self-serve Interlibrary Loan link Patrons need to sign in with a User ID, password and Authentication Service which is supplied by the Interlibrary Loan office when you registered for self-service. You can also find instructions on our website. 
Getting Started with self-serve Interlibrary Loan:
  1. Go to the link on our library website or use and select English or French.
  2. Select Sign In and enter your User ID and password as provided by the Interlibrary Loan office.
  3. Choose Greater Sudbury Public Library as your library location from the Authentication Service menu. 
  4. Select Standard or Advanced Search
  5. Note Current Profile drop down menu - You will use these search profiles to do your searching. 
  6. Select Greater Sudbury Public Library as your initial search profile.
  7. Enter keywords from the title, and/or author. No matches from the first profile? Select a different profile and so on, moving through all the profiles if necessary. 
  8. Select Details to verify this is the item you want.
  9. Select Get it! to place a request. Item details are automatically entered in the Interlibrary Loan form. 
  10. Complete the form by selecting your preferred Pickup Location from the drop down menu at the bottom of the form.
  11. Click Request button to send your request. 
  12. There is no need to print the request. You can view your requests at any time using the My Requests link.
  13. Sign Out when you are finished.