Request items from other institutions (ILL)

Due to a scheduled system upgrade, RACER will be unavailable from Friday August 8 at 5 PM to Monday August 11th at 9 AM. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Current U of T students, faculty and staff can request items from other institutions via Interlibrary Loan service (ILL).  Most interlibrary loans are free of charge; we will advise you if charges apply.

Request books, journal articles, and other materials from institutions worldwide using RACER.

Research Readers, Alumni Readers, and Associate Member organizations are also eligible to request materials through Interlibrary Loan. Charges will apply.

Direct Borrowers are not eligible for interlibrary loan services.

If you have searched the U of T catalogue and cannot find the item you need:

  • Register for RACER (first time only)
  • Log into RACER with your library barcode and PIN
  • From the drop down menu, choose ‘Toronto’ as your location
  • Edit your profile (first time only) to select the catalogues you wish to search
  • Click on Standard Search or Advanced Search (left side bar) to find the item you want
  • Search for your item – we’ll choose the best and fastest location for you

Can’t find what you’re looking for?  Fill out the Blank Request Form as completely as possible and we’ll do the rest.

Delivery time

The length of time from request to delivery depends on where the material is coming from, and how readily available it is.

Articles that can be delivered electronically are normally available within one or two days, while books or other items that need to be mailed can take weeks. Be sure to fill out the field 'Item not needed after' on the RACER request form.

You can cancel or check the status of your requests in RACER (see My Requests).

Please see the Library FAQ for additional information.

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For information regarding loan services to Associate Members and other organizations not affiliated with U of T, see Lending Services.

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