Request from Other Libraries

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The library provides an Interlibrary loan service which can be used to obtain research materials (books, journal articles, etc.) from a wide range of sources outside of Laurier. Requests can be submitted through the Omni catalogue. For items that are not available in the Omni catalogue, requests can be placed through RACER, our interlibrary loan request system. Delivery times vary depending on the item but are typically 5 - 10 business days for items in Canada. International delivery times will vary. 

Current Service Description

For the current description of the interlibrary loan (ILL), see the ILL section on the COVID-19 library service page.

If you have questions, please contact us.

How to Search and Request Books from Omni Libraries

There are three groupings of libraries you can request items from in the Omni catalogue.

Laurier and Laurier+Waterloo+Guelph have 2-3 business day delivery times while Laurier+Omni has 5-10 business day delivery times.

These groupings are called "search scopes' and they will automatically appear as options in the drop down box in the simple search once a search term is typed in. They are also viewable as options along the top of the advanced search screen window.

  • Laurier Libraries (search for specific titles at any of the Laurier Libraries)
  • Laurier+Waterloo+Guelph Libraries (limit the scope to find materials located at Laurier, University of Waterloo and/or the University of Guelph Libraries)
    • Under the "How to Get It" section on the full record display screen, you will see a prompt to make a resource sharing request for items held at the University of Waterloo or the University of Guelph" labelled "Borrow from another Omni Library". Note: You must be signed in using your Laurier Network credentials to see the relevant and available request options, otherwise only the "Request it via interlibrary loan" service will display.
  • Laurier+Omni Libraries (scope searches all eligible circulating books at any of the Omni libraries)
  • Video tutorial on how to request books from other libraries in Omni

From Universities Outside of Omni Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)  is a service available to registered students, faculty, and staff of Wilfrid Laurier University. Alumni and community borrowers can obtain ILL service from their local public library. 

First-time user?

Contact the Interlibrary Loan office either by email racer@wlu.ca or by phone 519-884-0710 ext 3418.

Placing a request

Interlibrary loan fines and fees

Late returns

$1 per day for each item returned after the due date will be applied to your library account

Non-pickups

A fee of $5 for each item not picked up, plus additional charges incurred by the Laurier Libraries for charges invoice by the lending libraries, may also be applied to your library account.

Lending Information for Other Libraries

  • If you do not use an Interlibrary loan management system or have a system that is not compatible with RACER you can use this link to place your requests -  https://illforms.scholarsportal.info/vdx_illreq.htm
  • Items not available for loan are Audiovisual material, maps, electronic books, periodicals, reference materials, special collection material and theses

Contacts

Office location : third floor 

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Email: racer@wlu.ca (for Laurier users)

Email: raceradm@wlu.ca (for outside libraries)