The Alberta Library (TAL)


As of February 10, 2020, Library patrons across Alberta will no longer be able to place ILL requests through TALonline. Inter-library loan requests for Marigold patrons (including Okotoks) will be unavailable. At this time no date has been determined when ILL services will resume.

Marigold Library System will try to manually request ILL materials for patrons until the technical issues have been resolved. Please contact us at and we will forward your request to Marigold Library System.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

In the 1990s libraries across Alberta faced a number of challenges and opportunities, including the information explosion, the development of new technologies, the emergence of the Internet and a changing government philosophy.

A grassroots response to these challenges led to the creation of The Alberta Library (TAL) in 1997. Internationally recognized for cooperation and collaboration, TAL is a province-wide consortium that now serves 48 member libraries in over 300 locations across the province, including:

  • public libraries
  • regional library systems
  • university libraries
  • college, and technical institute libraries
  • special libraries

Member libraries work together to take advantage of changing technologies, find creative solutions and seize new opportunities. As a result, Albertans at even the smallest library have access to more than 30 million resources.