Library loan program being restored

The Brockville Public Library. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

BROCKVILLE – Libraries in Brockville and across Leeds-Grenville 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 the Brockville Public Library and others to get their systems up and running because, as of late Sunday night, BPL still had a notice on its website that the service was suspended.

Leeds-Grenville 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.

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