Budget Cuts to SOLS and the Impact on Perth County Libraries

Updated Press Release July 2019: Province-Wide Interlibrary Loan Service to Resume in Perth County August 1st

Updated Press Release June 2019: InterLibrary Loan Funding & Service Still Reduced in Perth County After Funding Cut Only Partly Restored

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In April 2019, provincial funding to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS), an agency supporting public libraries in Ontario, was cut by 50% as part of the 2019/2020 Ontario budget. Due to this budget cut, we are saddened to inform you that Interlibrary Loan Service is suspended effective immediately for all Perth County Libraries.

As part of their service to Ontario libraries, SOLS made it possible to share materials and resources by funding an interlibrary loan delivery service.­ This service­ allowed­ libraries to borrow materials from one another at no cost to our customers. This, in turn, creates more equitable access among libraries across Ontario and helps libraries save costs. While used for a wide variety of purposes, most active borrowers ­were students, academics, book clubs and authors.­ The interlibrary loan service was especially important for libraries in smaller or rural communities who do not have large, extensive library collections.­

The SOLS delivery service also functioned as the backbone of the Perth County Information Network’s resource sharing mandate.­ In 2018, over 72,500 items were shared between PCIN libraries using this service.

Perth County libraries are committed to continuing to share resources among its member libraries, and are dedicated to finding a solution to replace the previously provincially-funded delivery service.­ While items can still be requested and borrowed as usual, customers will experience a delay in receiving their materials during this transition period.

You can read our full media­ release here­ (April 2019).

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