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Request items from other institutions (ILL)

At this time, Interlibrary Loans are only available for e-resources.

If you've searched and are unable to find the items you need in the University of Toronto Libraries collection, you can request books, articles and more via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We'll search institutions around the world and request a copy for you to view, borrow or download.

Eligibility  |  Place a request  |  Delivery time  |  Contact us


Current University of Toronto students, faculty and staff are eligible to submit requests free of charge. 

Research Readers (excluding Direct Borrowers), Alumni Readers and Associate Member organizations are eligible to submit requests, but charges will apply ($30 per item).

In all cases, requesters will be notified of any charges before we proceed with filling requests. 

Place a request

Submit your request using RACER (Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting).

Login to RACER

Important notice

Beginning January 2021, the library will no longer support PIN authentication. As a result, your RACER User ID will still be your barcode, but your RACER password will be your UTORid instead. How to find your UTORid


Login to RACER using your library barcode and UTORid in the User ID and password fields.

Choose Toronto as Your Library. 

Once logged in, you may search for the item you need, or complete a blank request form instead: Request a Book or Request an Article

Delivery time

It may take staff some time to locate the item that is needed. Once found, electronic materials can typically be delivered to your inbox within the week, while physical materials may take longer depending on where the item is shipping from.

When logged into RACER, check My Requests for updates on the status of your request.

If you need an item quicker than what can be provided, or if we're unable to locate the item for you, you may also try placing a Purchase Request instead. 

Contact us

At this time, no pick-up service is available. 

Requests are processed by and may be picked up at the following locations (if not delivered via email):

St. George campus

Robarts Library, pickups at 1st floor Loan Services Desk
Questions? Phone 416-978-2288 or email

Mississauga campus

U of T at Mississauga Library, pickups at Information and Loans Desk
Questions? Phone 905-828-3881 or email

Scarborough campus:

U of T at Scarborough Library, pickups at Information and Reference Desk
Questions? Phone 416-208-5168 or email

Please see the Library FAQ for additional information.