What is Resource Sharing?
Interlibrary Loan - When we do not have the item you need, we are able to borrow digital and print materials from academic, public and research libraries across Canada and around the world. See below for more information.
Distance and Distributed Library Services - Delivered directly to your door via Canada Post, print resources from our own collection; as well as, print resources from other libraries when we do not have what you need. Registration required.
Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Program (SHIRP) support - SHIRP is a program of the University Library that licenses a sub-set of the University Library's health sciences e-resources for access by Saskatchewan's licensed health care professionals. Registration required.
USask borrowers - interlibrary loan and scan requests
Interlibrary loan and scan requests
Search the library catalogue first to see if we already have the item you need.
If we do not have it or you require a small portion, login to the interlibrary loan and scan request system and follow these instructions:
- On the left you will see Add Request click on one of the options that best suits your request type.
- Input as much detail about your request as possible. Many of the fields are not required.
- Accept the acknowledgement at the bottom of the page and click Submit.
- Select All Requests to track the status of your item(s).
If you want an interlibrary loan of a full item and the University Library owns the item in any format (including e-book format) or it is checked out, your request will be cancelled and we will notify you. Items that are currently checked out can be recalled; the current borrower will receive a notification to return the item within 7 days or by the due date, whichever is shorter.
Other libraries / organizations - interlibrary loan
Most academic, public, corporate and government libraries are welcome to borrow our materials through Interlibrary Loan.
Books, microfilm, and other circulating items are shipped via Canada Post. Documents and copies are supplied as an email attachment.
Materials from any of our library locations - Education & Music, Law, Leslie & Irene Dubé Health Sciences, Science, and STM Shannon Library - are available to be borrowed. Submit requests through your interlibrary loan system (e.g. Relais, VDX, OCLC) whenever possible using these library symbols.
- Library and Archives Canada (Amicus) - SSU
- Invoice to follow
- OCLC code - UOH.
- Docline code – SKCSKS
- Or include your library symbol in the appropriate field
If you do not have an ILL system, please contact us to be set up with a login.
Frequently asked questions
- Current USask students, faculty and staff (in good standing)
- Current USask students, faculty and staff living outside Saskatoon including distance students, interns, medical residents and students on placement. Register for Distance and Distributed Library Services to access interlibrary loan and scan request services.
- Alumni and External Borrowers will be charged a fee of $15 per request for interlibrary loan services and must submit requests via email to email@example.com. There may be additional charges if the cost for borrowing from the lending library exceed $15. We will confirm the cost with you before proceeding with the request. We suggest that alumni and external borrowers make interlibrary loan requests through their local public library as the costs may be significantly lower (perhaps even free).
- Materials already owned by our library in any format (including e-books), unless the item is lost or is currently checked out and another person already has a hold placed on it.
- Items that are on reserve in any of our seven libraries.
- Digital copies of entire issues or volumes of journals. You can request individual articles for digital document delivery or borrow print issues/volumes (where available).
- Materials for class use, specifically textbooks.
Some items are more difficult to borrow through interlibrary loan but may be available. These include audio-visual materials, rare materials, items held in archives and special collections, patents, standards, technical reports, theses and dissertations. You can submit requests through the Resource Sharing system or contact the Resource Sharing team for help.
You will receive an email notice when your interlibrary loan or scan request has arrived / is ready with details about where and when to pick it up.
Most physical items (books, microfilm, etc.) can be picked up at any of our library locations' Library Services Desks. You will need to present your campus ID card to check out your item(s).
Any electronic items including all scan requests will be made available to you via a temporary electronic link with instructions for document retrieval emailed to your official USask email account (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is your responsibility to check your USask email on a regular basis.
*IMPORTANT* PDF documents are available to download for 10 days from the time the document is supplied, and can be accessed three times. Remember to download a copy of your item for your personal use.
For an interlibrary loan - this depends on the availability from other libraries. Some items may be difficult to locate and will take longer.
- Electronic copies of articles and book chapters may arrive in as little as 1 - 4 days.
- Book loans from Canadian libraries arrive in 3 - 10 days.
- Items from international locations, including the U.S., may take considerably longer due to customs procedures at border crossings.
These timelines are tentative and Covid-19 has an impact.
For a scan request - please allow up to five business days for your request to be filled, some items may take longer to process than others, such as those from the Library Annex or St. Thomas More collection.
The loan period for interlibrary loans is generally four weeks with the possibility of renewals. The length is determined by the lending library so make sure to check the due date printed on the paper bookband.
An extension to an interlibrary loan may be possible; contact the Resource Sharing team for help prior to your due date.
Late items are charged overdue fees of $5 per day per item. Replacement charges will apply if items are lost, damaged or kept long overdue.
Borrowing privileges will be suspended if fees exceed $30.
Testimonials - interlibrary loan
"Since 2011 I have frequently used the U of S Interlibrary Loans service to support my academic work. Throughout … Interlibrary Loans was an essential and invaluable service, and I continue to use it for my current research projects. I do not have enough words to express my appreciation for the superb staff who always provided me outstanding and friendly service, went the extra mile for me, and continue to do so."Lucille Otero, PhD – Affiliated Faculty
“The excellent ILL service maintained by the professional library staff is indispensable for my research on Chinese history.”Gary Luk – USask Employee
"The Interlibrary Loan service is the unsung hero of the U of S library. It exponentially expands its stacks and the intellectual horizons of students, faculty, and staff, simultaneously."Maurice Labelle – Faculty & Staff
“I am a long-time user of the interlibrary loan service … I could not effectively conduct my research without it, and for that I am indebted to the University of Saskatchewan staff.”Rob Flannigan - Faculty & Staff
“I would like to … highlight, and express my thanks to, what I regard as one of the treasures of the University of Saskatchewan: our Interlibrary Loans division. Over the years, I have found the staff in the Interlibrary Loans office a delight to work with … they have consistently gone above and beyond the call by helping me to access arcane and/or quite recent material. I quite literally could not do my work without the support of the Interlibrary Loan staff: their dedication and efficiency deserve to be commended.”John Porter - Faculty & Staff
“Our ILL team got me through a PhD program. They are outstanding resource detectives who are there for everyone on campus and a terrific group of people to get to know.”David Smith – Librarian
“Interlibrary Loans have been integral for my work in my undergraduate degree … Interlibrary Loans gives me access to books and articles that our library doesn't have and allows me to do research that otherwise wouldn't be possible.”Chloe Peters – Undergraduate Student
“As a graduate student working from outside of Saskatoon I have accessed and continue to access Interlibrary Loan services through Distance and Distributed Library Services on a pretty regular basis. The search system is user friendly and the turnaround time in processing and delivery of the books that I need is always quick and efficient.”Gemma Porter - Graduate Student – Off Campus Distance
“We have a wonderful library but, when you start to do advanced research on a quite narrow and specific topic, you may reach the limits of our local resources. But wait, help is at hand: Interlibrary Loans! Our staff members are most helpful and the system works very quickly. In no time, you will have the books or articles you need drawn from other university libraries across Canada. Your research will proceed unimpeded.”Don Cochrane - Professor Emeritu
“The University Library’s interlibrary loan/document delivery (ILL) service is a jewel within our library system. The knowledge and efficiency of the staff, combined with rapid and easy delivery—in many cases right to email, provide most requested resources more quickly than one would imagine. In the many years that I have been a humanities librarian at USask I have used ILL extensively in my own research, and have also been able to guide faculty and students to this remarkable resource that, quite seamlessly, brings the world of library research to all of us at USask.”Donna Canevari de Paredes - Librarian
“I recently earned my PhD and I would not have made it without the quiet heroic presence of the Interlibrary loan team. Over the years, I have come to be acquainted with almost each one of them, I appreciate how valuable they are as individuals and as a team in assisting and ensuring students’ success. With gratitude, I am taking my hat off and bless each one of you in the ILL team.”Penelope Sanz - Graduate Students
“As a frequent user of the Interlibrary Loan Services for more than three decades (beginning in 1985), I consider the Interlibrary Loan Department of the University of Saskatchewan the most important unit within the University of Saskatchewan Libraries, seminal to and in part responsible for allowing me to establish my profile as a researcher on an international level.”Prof. Dr. Walter Kreyszig – Emerit
University Library - Resource Sharing
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