Library loan program being restored

SD&G – Libraries for the United Counties of SD&G and Cornwall will have their inter-library loan service restored.

In a joint statement from the CEOs of the Southern Ontario Library Services and the Ontario Library Service – North, both said they worked with the provincial government on their budgets to “focus on programs that have the greatest impact to public libraries and their users.”

As a result, inter-library loan services across the province were being restored as of Saturday (June 1). The system will see SOLS and OLS – North provide partial reimbursement to libraries for delivery of resource materials through Canada Post.

It may take a few days for both libraries to get their systems up and running because, as of late Sunday night, both still had notices on their websites that the service was suspended.

Eastern Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Steve Clark said a number of constituents had contacted him about the loss of the services. “I’m pleased a solution has been found to restore this important service,” he wrote Friday in a Facebook post.

The inter-library loan service allows borrowers to request books, DVDs and other materials from another library outside of their home branch.

The service was suspended in April after a 50 per cent budget cut to libraries in the provincial budget.