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'Out On The Shelf' - Guelph's Newest Lending Library

Web posted on February 16, 2016

Since finding a new home in August 2015, Out On The Shelf has been gaining momentum. Inside six months, the organization went from contemplating abandoning its library to having a new, online catalogue, and hours of operation 5 days a week.

"We're also changing our service model," says Brandon Kidd, Library Committee Chair. "After we began planning an interlibrary loan partnership with the Guelph Public Library we started thinking about other, smaller libraries throughout Guelph and the region that would benefit from our services."

The CBC recently ran a story on how education on issues of sexuality is lacking in some high schools due to lack of resources. Out On The Shelf hopes to meet that need here in Guelph and the Golden Triangle. They are looking for high school libraries who might want to start interlibrary lending operations to borrow materials, but also senior centres, community centres, churches, and even businesses in the Guelph-KW-Cambridge area.

"There are a lot of small, special libraries out there who want LGBTQ content on their shelves, but may not have the funds to buy the materials themselves. We can provide the material and our new online catalogue makes it easy to facilitate. We may even be able to deliver materials to our partners' front doors!"

Currently, individual patrons are welcome to sign up for memberships and sign out materials at Out On The Shelf's 10 Carden Street location at the following times: Tuesday 12-8, Wednesday 5-8, Thursday 5-8, Friday 5-8 and Saturday 10-2.

Librarians or other organizers at schools, hospitals, community centres, etc. looking to start interlibrary lending should email to get started.

Anyone wanting to checkout Out On The Shelf's library collection, learn about programming, stay on top of Guelph Pride festivities, or sign up for their newsletter should visit