FAQs

1. How long does it take for materials to arrive?
2. How will I know when my material has arrived?
3. How long is the loan period, and can I get it extended if I need to?
4. What materials cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?
5. Where can I find a thesis?
6. How much can I request to be copied from a book or a journal?
7. How can I contact Interlibrary Loans?

1. How long does it take for materials to arrive?

This depends entirely upon availability at other libraries and how easy or difficult it is to locate the item that you want.

Electronic copies of articles or chapters may be received within as little as 1 - 4 days; book loans from Canadian locations usually arrive in 5 - 10 days.  Items requested from international locations, including the US, may take considerably longer due to Customs procedures at the border.  If you have a deadline please indicate this when you submit your Interlibrary Loan Request and we will try to find the closest location from which to borrow.


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2. How will I know when my material has arrived?

You will receive an email notice in your USASK email account (Library email policy).  Please read the notice carefully as it details where and how to retrieve your materials.

  • Most LOAN items (books, microfilm, etc.) can be picked up at the Murray Library circulation desk, located on the ground floor of the Murray Library.  Loans for Health Sciences disciplines can be picked up at the Leslie and Irene Dube Health Sciences Library circulation desk.  You must present your Campus ID card to check out the material. 
  • All DOCUMENTS (articles, book chapters) will be delivered to you electronically.  A link and instructions for document retrieval from our secure portal is provided in the email notice.

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3. How long is the loan period, and can I get it extended if I need to?

The loan period for interlibrary loans is always determined by the lending library.  Most Canadian and US libraries agree that the borrowing library can give their clients a loan period of three weeks with no renewals.  It is therefore important to check the due date that is printed on the paper bookband. 

An extension to an interlibrary loan may be considered; again, it is entirely up to the lending library to grant an extension.  If you need to keep your materials longer, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at the appropriate library branch at least 2 days before the item is due to see if an extension is possible.


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4. What materials cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Materials already owned by the U of S Library in any format (including e-book format), unless the item is lost/missing, or is currently checked out and has a hold on it already
  • Items on Reserve
  • Entire issues or volumes of journals
  • Materials for class use (ie. textbooks)
  • Rare materials or materials held in University Archives & Special Collections
  • Audiovisual materials (these ususally do not circulate through ILL -- however, some libraries will lend)
  • Items which must be purchased, such as Patents, Standards, and technical reports

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5. Where can I find a thesis?

  • Please check the Proquest Dissertations and Theses database to see if the thesis is available in FULL TEXT.

  • Check the eCommons for U of S Theses.  If you need access to a thesis that is not yet available on the eCommons, you may contact University Archives and Special Collections (ua.sc@usask.ca) to request that the thesis be digitized.

  • Some theses and dissertations may be available for purchase (by you) online through Proquest if we are unable to borrow them from a partner library.  When theses are not available for loan, clients are wholly responsible for costs of purchase.

  • Canadian Theses Portal

  • British Library Electronic Thesis Online Service


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6. How much can I request to be copied from a book or a journal?

10% or less of a Work, or no more than:

  • One chapter from a book

  • A single article from an issue of a journal

  • An entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart and plan) from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works

  • An entire newspaper article or page

  • An entire single poem or musical score from a Work containing other poems or musical scores

  • An entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work

whichever is greater.

If a copy is provided to you, either in print or digital format, it must be for your own research, private study, critcism, review, news reporting, parody, satire or education only, in accordance with the Fair Dealing exception in the Canadian Copyright Act.


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7. How can I contact Interlibrary Loans?

Murray Library                                                Leslie and Irene Dube Health Sciences Library
Phone: 306.966.6002                                     Phone: 306.966.5995
Email:  illquery@library.usask.ca                    Email: ill.ssum@usask.ca


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