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Service Bulletin

All University of Toronto Libraries are currently closed until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Services which can be provided remotely are continuing at this time to the best of our ability, including the delivery of electronic resources.

Items borrowed through our service and currently on loan or waiting for pickup are now due no earlier than July 1, 2020. 

Please email with any questions or concerns, and visit the library website for the latest on COVID-19 and the University of Toronto Libraries. 

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    If you have searched the U of T catalogue and cannot find the item you need, you can order books, journal articles and more using: RACER


    • Current U of T students, faculty and staff. Most Interlibrary Loans are free of charge. In the unusual event that charges will apply, the requester will be notified before the request is fulfilled.
    • Research Readers, Alumni Readers, and Associate Member organizations. Charges will apply.
    • Direct Borrowers are not eligible for interlibrary loan services.

    To create a request

    • 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.

    During non-peak times, articles that can be delivered electronically are normally available within a week, 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.

    Contact us

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