Hamilton-area libraries scramble as PC cuts kill 'backbone' interlibrary loan service - 2019-04-24
The interlibrary loan service that's been the "backbone" of the small town libraries that surround Hamilton is ending because of government cuts, leaving staff scrambling to find ways to get patrons the books and materials they need.
The Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) announced it's facing a 50 per cent budget cut from the province and will be permanently ending its interlibrary loan service as of April 26, 2019 — meaning for the first time in decades, readers in rural communities will have far fewer options.
"This was a shock. We were all … flabbergasted when the news came down," said Beverley Slater, a manager with the Norfolk County Public Library. "This has been the backbone of our library system for quite a few years if not decades."