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.

Scan Requests - We will provide digital scans of material in our collection as long as the Canadian Copyright Act around Fair Dealing are maintained. 

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:

  1. On the left you will see Add Request click on one of the options that best suits your request type.
  2. Input as much detail about your request as possible. Many of the fields are not required.
  3. Accept the acknowledgement at the bottom of the page and click Submit.
  4. 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
    • IFM 
  • Docline code – SKCSKS 
    • EFTS
  • 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 illquery@usask.ca. 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). 
    • For chapter or article scans of materials owned by the University of Saskatchewan Library, email illquery@usask.ca. Please provide as much information as you can for the requested article or chapter. Note that digital scans must adhere to the Canadian Copyright Act around Fair Dealing.
  • 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 (abc123@mail.usask.ca). 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


University Library - Resource Sharing
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Email: illquery@library.usask.ca
Phone: (306) 966-5963