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Think outside USask with interlibrary loan

Need to get access to journals, articles, books, and book chapters outside of the University Library’s collection? Request an interlibrary loan and we can get it for you!

The University Library’s interlibrary loan service provides resources from libraries across Canada and around the world.

Electronic versions of journal articles and book chapters can arrive in as little as 24 hours as a PDF file. Book loans from Canadian libraries usually arrive in three to ten days. Items from international locations, including the U.S., may take longer due to customs procedures at border crossings.

Most article requests can be saved or printed, as long as copyright guidelines are followed. Book loans are permitted for three weeks with the option to renew. For more information about interlibrary loans, visit library.usask.ca/ill.

How to submit an interlibrary loan request

FAQs

Who can use interlibrary loan?

  • Free for current USask students, faculty and staff (in good standing). 
  • Free for 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.

How do I get electronic document requests?

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 USask email account (abc123@usask.ca).

*IMPORTANT* PDF documents are available to download for five 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. 

Where do I pick up my interlibrary loan items?

You will receive an email notice when your interlibrary loan arrives with details about where and when to pick it up. When you place an interlibrary loan request through the Murray Library or Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, the branch you choose will be your default pick up location.

Feedback from USask academics on interlibrary loan

“The interlibrary loan service at the library is one of the most efficient and powerful tools for me to complete my project literature reviews. Over the years, they have been able to find most of my request rapidly, even from the more obscure and ancient journals.”-Romain Gougeon, graduate student

“Since 2011, I have frequently used the interlibrary loans service to support my academic work. Throughout my MEd and PhD programs in educational administration, it was an essential service and I continue to use it for my current research projects.”-Dr. Lucille Otero, Department of Educational Administration

“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 emeritus

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