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Request a Title Service Overview

If you cannot find the item you are looking for in the collection,  you can request it. We consider all suggestions received within our annual collections development plan, and attempt to fill your request either by purchasing the title or by borrowing it from another library through an Interlibrary loan. You can request up to 10 titles per month.

Before you request a title, please check search the collection to see if it is already available.

We appreciate suggestions on materials to purchase for the library’s collection. The library automatically acquires new, popular, and bestselling items in all available formats, so please do not submit requests for these titles.

Frequently Asked Questions about Purchases

Published material from the last two years that are not already available in the Collection. Books, eBooks, magazines, music, movies and video games that will be of widespread interest to the community.

eBooks and eAudiobooks can be requested using the Recommend feature on the OverDrive app or the OverDrive website. Here’s how:

  • Log in with your library card number and PIN.
  • Search for the item you would like.
  • Click on “Recommend” beneath the item you would like to be purchased. If an item you recommend gets added to our collection, you will automatically be placed on the hold list.
  • You can recommend up to ten items per month on OverDrive.

No. For a number of reasons, including the budget, the library is unable to order every requested item. Purchase decisions are made using a number of criteria and in alignment with our Collection Development plan.

If the item you requested is available it will be placed on hold for you. You will be notified when the item is available to borrow.

Most titles are ordered by the library months before publication. DVDs and Blu-ray titles can’t be ordered until a release date is available. Requests for a DVD without a release date will not be kept on file.

If you are an author who would like to have your work added to the collection, please email selectors@saskatoonlibrary.ca. You can also send a review copy. Review copies will not be returned. Send review copies to:

Collection Services
Attention: Selection Librarians
110 Nelson Road
Saskatoon, SK S7S 1K7

Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loans

We are able to borrow print materials from academic, public and research libraries across Canada. This service allows for loans between provinces and libraries that are not part of the Saskatchewan Integrated Library System (SILS).

All residents of Saskatoon who hold a valid library card. We will be unable to place an Interlibrary Loan request if your card has expired or if you have charges on your card of $10.01 or more.

The Interlibrary Loan service is free but there are charges if the item is overdue, damaged or lost. If the item is damaged or not returned, you will be charged a replacement cost. This amount is set by the lending library.

Many items come within four to six weeks. However, unusual items may take several months to find. Each request is filled as soon as available material is located. We are not be able to obtain books from outside Canada.

  • Items owned by the SILS consortium
  • Entire magazines or newspapers
  • Books on CD
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Computer software or games
  • Rare books and reference books are not usually loaned to us or, if loaned, must be used in the library. If you require only a few pages from a specialized work, microfilm, magazine, or newspaper, we can order a photocopy of those pages for you.

You will be contacted when an item you requested is available for pickup at the location specified in your request. Interlibrary Loans items may be requested for pickup at any Saskatoon Public Library location and returned to any public library in Saskatchewan.

The loan period is 21 days. You can ask for a renewal. Please ask for renewals 3 business days before the due date. Renewals may be granted at the discretion of the lending library.

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