The Vancouver Public Library’s holdings of genealogy resources are extensive, but there will be times when an item that you want is not found in the collection. In many cases, it is possible to obtain microfilms, books or photocopies from other libraries and archives through the Library's Interlibrary Loan department.
Although most materials obtained through interlibrary loan are free, there is sometimes a charge. This occurs if the lending institution charges a fee to the Vancouver Public Library. There is always a fee for each microfilm borrowed from the Family History Library (see below for more information).
Detailed information about the VPL Interlibrary Loan service is available on the Interlibrary Loans web page. You can also go directly to the Interlibrary Loan Request Menu to submit details of item(s) that you would like to obtain. If you would like to borrow microfilmed records from the Family History Library, please see Borrowing Microfilms from the FHL.
Before submitting any request, find as much information as possible about the item that you want to obtain. For example, if you are ordering a microfilm, make sure that you know the number of the microfilm, the range of dates that it covers, and the archival record group name and number of the original records.
Not all materials are available through interlibrary loan. Some repositories do not lend any materials at all.
- Glenbow Museum - Glenbow Museum Library & Archives
- Hudson’s Bay Company - Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
- Manitoba - Archives of Manitoba
- New Brunswick - Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
- Ontario - Archives of Ontario
- Quebec - Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
- Saskatchewan - Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan
- United Church of Canada - The United Church of Canada Archives
- Yukon - Yukon Archives
Lending Status Not Determined
National Genealogical Society (U.S.A.)
National Genealogical Society in St. Louis, Missouri has over 20,000 books in their collection, some of which can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. The collection includes more than 6,000 family histories, abstracts of cemetery, church, court, deed, marriage, wills and other probate records, and state, county, and local histories. For details on this collection, including how to search their catalogue, please visit the NGS Book Loan Collection web page.
FamilySearch has created a video presentation to take you through the process of borrowing genealogy books through interlibrary loan.