We regret to announce that the Inter-library Loans service has been discontinued. The Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) provided the system and shipping service that allowed every library to borrow and lend books and other materials across Ontario. The Provincial government has cut their 2019 budget by more than 50%. They have no choice but to shut down the deliveries system. Further services provided by SOLS and Ontario Library Services North may also be cut.
(read the statement from SOLS CEO Barbara Franchetto here).
Our single library and many others like ours depend heavily on the Ontario-wide services provided by SOLS and OLS-North. In 2018 our library borrowed 1,033 items from other libraries for Hanover members (about 20 items every week). We loaned 2,619 items to other libraries for their members. For this to happen, SOLS vans delivered or picked up 7,300 packages for our library alone in 2018.
Further information is available here:
How you can help:
1. Signing the paper petition in the library
Our petition calls on the Government to reinstate funding to Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service-North
Sharing the value of your local library on social media by using #saveourlibraries
Signing the “Stop the cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North” petition available through change.org
2. Write to your MPP and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce -Grey-Owen Sound
Toronto: Tel 416-212-2665 Constituency: Toll Free 1-800-461-2664 Tel 519-371-2421 Fax 519-371-0953
Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (the ministry that oversees library service)
Toronto: Tel 416-326-9326 / 416-314-1400 Fax 416-326-9338
Constituency: Tel 905-893-4428 / Fax 905-893-4537