Register for DDLS

All distance and distributed users must register with their current shipping address to request materials through the library. The address that you register here will be where we send your requested material, not your PAWS address.

Get library resources


  1. Make sure you are registered for DDLS
  2. Login to the library website in the top right corner of your screen using your NSID and password
  3. Find a book in the catalogue
  4. Once you find the book you want, click on the blue Request Item for Pickup button at the top of the page
  5. Choose Distance Learners as your pick up location, and click GO!
  6. On the next page, click REQUEST SELECTED ITEM
  7. Repeat the same steps for each book you request

Journal articles

or parts of a book.

If you find an article that is only available in print or if you need part of a book, we can send a copy to you. Requests must fall within the Canadian Copyright Act of Fair Dealing.

  1. Make sure you are registered for DDLS
  2. Find the journal or book in the catalogue
  3. Once you find the journal or book you want, click on the blue Request Chapter/Article Scan
  4. Login with your NSID and Password
  5. On the left you will see Add Request click on one of the options that best suits your request type
  6. Input as much detail about your request as possible, many of the fields are not required
  7. Accept the acknowledgement at the bottom of the page and click Submit
  8. Select All Requests to track the status of your item(s)

Once your request has been submitted successfully you will receive your Request Number. An email will be sent once your article or chapter has been filled with instructions on how to access it.

Accessing and returning your items


The library will mail your requested books and a prepaid return mailing label to your registered shipping address. Alternatively, you can authorize someone else to pick up items from the library on your behalf.

Returning books

You are responsible for returning your borrowed books to the library using the enclosed prepaid return mailing label. 

How long can I keep my borrowed books?

Borrowing periods vary. When you get the books in the mail check the due date. If you need to keep it longer, contact us to renew. In-library-use-only materials are not mailed out.

Journal articles

or parts of a book

Instructions will be sent to your USask email address for how to access the PDF of your article or chapter request.

The file download is only accessible for 10 days from the time you first open the attachment but you can download and save a copy for your personal use. 

What if the library doesn't have what you need?

If the materials you need are not available through the University Library you can use our interlibrary loan service to request them. Visit Resource Sharing for more details.

Reciprocal Borrowing

If you are travelling or located near one of our partner universities you may be able to borrow from their library instead. Find out more about reciprocal borrowing.

Located outside of Canada?

Currently, we are unable to mail physical books outside of Canada as we would be unable to provide return postage. However, we do have different options for accessing needed material. If you require a chapter or excerpt of the title, you can request this as a Scan Request using the library catalogue.

Get Help

Resources for DDLS clients

There are many resources available to help DDLS clients access library materials and services.