Our interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery service provides you with resources from other libraries when we do not have the item you need. We are able to borrow materials from academic, public and research libraries across Canada and around the world.
How Do I Submit a Request?
- Use the Search option to find the item you need at another library. The item you choose from the list of search results will automatically populate the fields of the request form.
Use Create Request if you have the complete citation and want to enter the information in the request form manually.
- At the bottom of the form, you are asked to indicate a date after which the item is not needed. Think of this as the last day that you could use the item. If you leave the default at 2 weeks, the system will automatically cancel the loan request on that date. To avoid having your request automatically cancelled extend the end date before you submit.
- The selected Language of Item automatically defaults to English. Be aware that if you request an article from a foreign-language publication it will be delivered in the language of the original publication, not translated into English.
- Select My Requests to track the status of your item(s). The tracking option is not currently available for requests submitted to the Health Sciences library. For help, contact the Health Sciences Library ILL team.
If the University Library owns the item in any format (including e-book format), or if the item is on reserve or is checked out, your request will be cancelled and we will notify you. Items that are on reserve can be borrowed by anyone with a valid library card on a first-come, first-served basis. Items that are currently checked out can be recalled; the current borrower will receive a notification to return the item within 7 days.
Lending to Other Libraries
Most academic, public, corporate and government libraries are welcome to borrow our materials through interlibrary loan.
Staff from other libraries can get more information and submit a request at the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Current U of S students, faculty and staff (in good standing)
- Current U of S 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 services.
- Alumni and External Borrowers will be charged a fee of $15 per request for interlibrary loan services and must submit requests in person at the Murray or Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library. There may be additional charges if the cost for borrowing from the lending library exceed $15. In those cases, 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.
- Rare materials or items held in archives and special collections
Some items are more difficult to borrow through ILL but may be available. These include audio-visual materials, patents, standards, technical reports, theses and dissertations. You can submit these requests through the ILL system or contact your ILL unit for help.
You will receive an email notice when your interlibrary loan arrives with details about where and when to pick it up.
Most items (books, microfilm, etc.) can be picked up at the Murray Library checkout 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 checkout desk or we can deliver your ILL items to any of our seven libraries on campus. Add your preferred pick-up location on the request form.
Present your campus ID card to check out your item(s).
Most documents (articles, book chapters) will be delivered to you electronically as a PDF file.
Once your document is available, a temporary link and instructions for document retrieval are emailed to your official U of S email account (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is your responsibility to check your U of S email on a regular basis.
*IMPORTANT* PDF documents are available to download for 5 days from the time the document is first accessed. After this time the document link will expire. Remember to download a copy of your item for your personal use.
This depends entirely 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 usually arrive in 5 - 10 days
- Items from international locations, including the U.S., may take considerably longer due to customs procedures at border crossings.
If you have a tight deadline, please indicate this when you submit your ILL request and we will find the closest location to borrow from.
The loan period for interlibrary loans is generally three weeks with no renewals but 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 Interlibrary Loan office at the appropriate library at least 2 days before the item is due.
Late items are charged overdue fees of $2 per day per item to a maximum of $50 per item. Replacement charges will apply if items are lost, damaged or kept long overdue.
Borrowing privileges wil be suspended if fees exceed $30.