Frequently Asked Questions

Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan allows Huron County Library members to borrow items from other public libraries within Ontario.

What materials can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?

Books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, books on CD, and music CDs can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. Microfilm materials and photocopies of magazine, periodical, and newspaper articles can also be requested through this service.

Are there any restrictions?

Interlibrary Loan requests cannot be made on items:

  • already in the Huron County Library collection,
  • on order,
  • book club sets,
  • published in the last two years,
  • fiction titles still in print,
  • best sellers,
  • complete magazine and periodical issues,
  • rare or fragile books,
  • reference materials.

Interlibrary loan requests will be capped at 10 requests per patron per month. There is no guarantee that a request will be filled.

How long does it take to get Interlibrary Loan materials?

Delivery times of items requested will vary depending on how long it takes to find a library that will supply the item, and mailing times will vary depending on the library system supplying the item.

How can I request books through Interlibrary Loan?

Requests for materials not owned by the Huron County Library can be made to staff at your local library branch or through an interlibrary loan account. Be sure to provide staff with the title and author of the book you want to find, as well as your own information including your name, 14 digit library barcode number, and telephone number.

To get an interlibrary loan account, please contact your local library branch or send an email to our Interlibrary Loan office at Be sure to include the same information mentioned above as well as your email address and your preferred pickup location (usually the library you use the most).

You can place your own interlibrary loan requests online using INFO (Information Network for Ontario) to locate and place holds on materials. If you’re a first time user, library staff will be willing to walk you through the service.

Do I have to pay to borrow Interlibrary Loan items?

No. This service is provided to Huron County Library cardholders free of charge.

Where can I return Interlibrary Loan items?

Any materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the Huron County Library branch from which you borrowed the item. For example, if you requested an item through Interlibrary Loan to be picked up at the Seaforth Library, the item must be returned to Seaforth Library.

Am I able to renew my Interlibrary Loan items?

You can always request to renew your Interlibrary Loan items. Contact your local library or email should you need to renew your items.

Are there fines for Interlibrary loan?


The fine for late/overdue Interlibrary loan items is $1.00/day per item.

The fine for losing an Interlibrary loan item is set by the lending library system.

The fine for not picking up your Interlibrary loan item(s) is $5.00/item.

The fine for losing an Interlibrary loan pink bookmark is $2.00.

Local History and Genealogy

What information sources are available?

The Huron County Library holds a collection of local history materials:

  • Population & Land Assessment Records
  • Assessment Returns
  • Local Newspapers
  • Census Records
  • Church Records
  • Local Association Minute Books
  • Local Association Histories
  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • War Veterans of WWI & WWII (local history books)
  • Gazetteer & Directory for Huron County
  • Family Histories
  • Baptismal Register
  • Farmers’ Business Directory
  • Court Records
  • Ontario Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages)
  • Marriage Registrations
  • Township Histories (local history books)
  • Historical Notes & Newsletter

What information may be obtained?

  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Marriages
  • Local Historical Events
  • Local Historical Figures & Veterans

What other organizations could I contact for more information?

How do I find population and land assessment records for Huron County?

An online database of the earliest official population and land assessment records for the area, the 1842 Huron District Assessment Roll, is available from the Huron County Library’s website.

How do I find copies of obituaries, marriage, and birth announcements that have been published in Huron County newspapers?

Some of the branches of the Huron County Library have archived newspaper collections on microfilm where births, marriages, and deaths are announced. Visit or contact your local library branch for more details or look at our online list of newspaper holdings.

How do I find copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates?

Ontario Vital Statistics maintains a province-wide registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Fees and restrictions may be applied. Contact Ontario Vital Statistics for further information:

Ontario Vital Statistics
Archives of Ontario
77 Grenville Street, Unit 300
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1B3

Telephone (between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm EST/EDT) the Reading Room Reference Desk:
(416) 327-1583 or (416) 327-1582
Toll Free: 1-800-668-9933 (In Ontario Only)

How do I find cemetery records for Huron County?

Some of the Huron County Library branches hold cemetery transcriptions and records in their local history collections. Please call your local branch or see our special collections listings for more details. The Huron County Library has an online listing of the Wingham Cemetery Index, in addition to a number of other cemetery records databases.

What census records are available for the Huron County area?

Census records for Huron County are available for 1848, 1850, 1851, 1861, 1871 (Indexed), 1881, 1891, and 1901. Check with the Huron County Library’s collection of official records and indexes for a detailed list.

What family histories are available for this area? How do I use them?

Look at the Huron County Library’s listing of family histories to see if your family history is included. For access to and more information about these materials, please contact the library holding these items.

How do I place an “interlibrary loan” request for genealogical materials?

Contact staff at your library branch to order materials through interlibrary loan. Please note that you will need to find the title, date and/or volume, city and/or province, author (if any), and reel number (for microfilm material).

Renewing Library Materials

Can I renew my library materials?

You can renew your library materials twice. You must renew these items before the original due date. Interlibrary loan materials and materials that have holds placed on them by another patron cannot be renewed.

How can I renew my library materials?

Library materials can be renewed:

To renew your library materials online, click on the Library Catalogue link from the Huron County Library’s website. Once you are into the library’s catalogue, click on “My Account” on the top menu, and login to your account, using your user ID (14-digit library barcode number), and your PIN.

You should now see a list of the items you have checked out of the library. Place a checkmark in the box beside the item you would like to renew and click “Renew Selected Items”. Check to make sure that the library due date has been updated.

Why can’t I renew my library items?

Library items cannot be renewed if:

  • Another patrons has put a hold on the item(s)
  • You have reached the maximum library fines on your account
  • You have renewed your items twice already
  • They are interlibrary loan items (usually; contact your local library branch for more information)