Using TAL Online


My Public ILL Account

Public library users are now able to set up an account with TAL Online which will allow them to place requests more easily, access the status of their requests and create and manage reading lists.

Signing into a My Public Library ILL Account:

To create an account simply click on the My Public Library ILL account link or go to:

Once at the My Public ILL Account page, select your home library and branch and enter your library barcode and pin to sign in. If you don’t have an account already, one will be created. If one has not been created, you will create one when you sign in.

Please note, users will be agreeing to the TAL Online terms of service found here when signing in or creating an account:

My Public Library ILL Account Dashboard

Once signed in, you will see your My Public Library ILL Account Dashboard where you can manage your requests, curate your reading lists and update your e-mail address.

Users can log out at any time by clicking the orange “Log Out” link at the top of the screen.

Rrecovery E-mail:

Set up a recovery e-mail so that you can update your account in case you ever need to change your barcode. This will also be the e-mail that TAL Online uses to send a confirmation e-mail for item requests and cancellation requests.

Reading Lists:

You can create a reading list by clicking on the “CREATE NEW LIST” on your My Public ILL Dashboard.

Once you have created your list, you can give it a title and description. You can also make it private or public. If it is public, you can share the url for your list with anyone and they can view your reading list. If it is private, only you can see it after you have signed into TAL Online.

Once you have created your reading list, you can add any items discovered on TAL Online to your list either in the item view or the search results view.

You can also edit and add notes to your reading list once you have added items to it by clicking on the “Edit this reading list” link at the bottom of the reading list.

TAL Online “Basket”

Users are now able to add up to 5 items to a “checkout” cart when requesting items in TAL Online. They can add 5 items regardless of whether they are signed into TAL Online or not.

Before checking out, users can also save their cart as a reading list, e-mail their cart or print it off.

When a user goes to check their items, there will be a check in the background to see if the user has exceeded the number of requests they are allowed to make set by their home library or library system.

Checkout Limits

If the user has exceeded the number of items they are allowed to checkout set by their home library or library system, TAL Online will notify the user and tell that person how many items they.

Searching for Items

To search for items in TAL Online, go to and enter search terms to discover the item you are looking for. You can use title, author, subject, isbn and other identifiers or keywords commonly used to discover physical items in TAL Online.

Please note, that requested through TAL Online are lent depending on their availability. Items that are newer and high demand may not be able to be fulfilled by lending libraries. For more information, please contact your home libraries interlibrary loan department.

Main Page Search for TAL Online

Requesting Items

Once you have discovered the item you wish to request, you can either click the "Request Item" link under the items title on the results screen, or find out more information about the item by clicking on the "View Details" link. While looking at the item information, users are also able to click the "Request Item" link to initiate their interlibrary loan request.

Discovering and Requesting Articles

Users are able to discover and request articles by selecting "Articles" below the search bar. This for requesting physical copies of articles which will be sent to your home library. For more information on article fulfillment, please contact your home library's interlibrary loan department.

Required Information for Requests

Public library users who initiate a request on TAL Online will need their library card and PIN number to complete their request. If there is any issue with their card, they will have to contact their home library to resolve it.

Once a user has authenticated. they are then prompted to confirm their request. They also have the option of adding an e-mail address so they can receive and e-mail confirmation as well as adding any comments to the request that may help with fulfilling it (eg. specifying the format they are requesting etc ...)

Searching Canada National Catalogue Libraries

Users are able to search for items held outside of Alberta by selecting the "Search Canada National Catalogue Libraries" scope under the search box. For more information about requesting items outside of Alberta, please contact your home library for more information.


My Public ILL Requests

Public Library users are able view the status of their interlibrary loan requests by going to Public library users are asked to confirm their home library, barcode and pin number after which they will be able to see the status of their Interlibrary Loan requests.

One a user intitiates an interlibrary loan request using TAL Online, the request is then sent to their home library which is responsible for fulfilling the user's request. As a result any questions a user might have regarding the status of their ILL request should be directed to their home library's Inter Library Loan department.