Important Changes at the Library this Fall
Since most of our buildings are closed, some in-person Library services or resources described on this page are currently unavailable. For more details on how the Library can help this semester, check out our services updates or feel free to email us, chat with us, or reach out to a librarian or specialist in your discipline.

Borrow from other libraries

At this time, interlibrary loan is only available for electronic materials (articles, copies, and book chapters). Print materials are not available.

Docline service continues but is restricted to loan of electronic collections only.

The interlibrary loan (ILL) service assists members of the University of Ottawa community:

  • Students, faculty and staff
  • Retired and emeritus professors
  • Retired employees
  • Affiliated researchers - Are you affiliated?

This service is not available for alumni or external users. Please use the interlibrary loan services offered by your public library.

Requesting materials

If you are a first-time user, sign up for RACER.

Type Availability
Articles RACER
Books and book chapters RACER
DVDs and films Currently unavailable
Whole Journal volumes or issues Not available
Maps and atlases Currently unavailable
Rare books Not available
Reference works Not available
Software Not available
Theses Check first if available online

Tip: Always search our catalogue first to be sure that we do not own the item. You cannot request an item that is already in our collection, even if it is in use.

Items usually arrive within 2 weeks. Please do not inquire about your request before then.

Read more about how to submit an interlibrary loan request.

Fees and fines

  • There is no cost to the user for requesting items.
  • Should you have borrowed items from other institutions, rest assured that we are working on extending due dates. Note as well that we are working with other institutions to have any fines waived.

Need help?

If you have any questions, contact interlibrary loan.

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