Register

DDLS are available at no charge to all USask students, medical residents, current and emeriti faculty, staff and some affiliated faculty located in Canada. We will mail library materials to registered DDLS users at any address within Canada other than locations on the main USask campus in Saskatoon.

Medical residents and health sciences students doing rotations and practicums away from their usual address (but within Canada) are welcome to register.

To request and receive mailed materials from the library, all DDLS users must register using their current shipping address. If your address changes while you are a registered DDLS user, fill out the registration form again to update your mailing address.

Complete the registration form below to register or to update your temporary address.

Register for DDLS

Request materials

Make sure you are registered for DDLS and logged in to your library account before submitting your request.

Books

  1. Find a book that we have in the library using the catalogue
  2. Select the Request Item for Pickup button
  3. Choose Distance Learners as your pickup location, and select Go
  4. On the next screen, select REQUEST SELECTED ITEM
  5. Repeat for each book you require

Articles and book chapters

DDLS users can request digital copies of book chapters or journal articles that are only available in print using the scan request service. Requests must fall within the Canadian Copyright Act Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Instructions to access a PDF file will be sent to your USask email address when your digital items are available. The file is only accessible for 10 days from the time you first open the attachment but you can download a copy for your personal use.

What if the library does not have what I need?

If the materials you need are not available from our library collection you can use the interlibrary loan service to request them. 

Receiving and returning books

The library will mail your requested books, along with a prepaid return mailing label, to the address you register with DDLS. You can also authorize someone else to pick up items from the library on your behalf.

Check the due date for your borrowed books in the package they arrive in or in your online library account. If you need to keep any of your borrowed materials longer, contact us to renew.

Returning books: Package them securely, apply the prepaid return mailing label and drop off at your local post office or in a Canada Post mailbox to return. You can reuse the mailing envelope your books arrived in to ship them back, provided it is in good condition.

You can also return books directly to any of our library locations

Other options for distance borrowers

Located outside of Canada?

We are unable to mail physical books outside of Canada because we cannot provide return postage from other countries. However, we can scan and digitally deliver book excerpts or print-only articles to library users in any location. Use the scan request service to have digitized materials delivered to your email inbox.

Reciprocal borrowing

If you are traveling or are located near one of our partner institutions in Canada or the United States you may be able to borrow from their library too. Learn more about reciprocal borrowing.

Get help

Academic support

Visit the Learning Hub to find digital resources, book an online appointment for writing or math help, or find a subject tutor for hire. You can also register for a virtual workshop or watch recordings of previous workshops on your own schedule. 

Access the library’s many research guides or contact your subject librarian for help.