Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan service is available to currently enrolled Laurier students, faculty and staff. Alumni, community borrowers and other external borrowers should contact their local public library for interlibrary loan services.


How do I make a request?

  1. Make sure that the item is not available by searching the various libraries in the Omni catalogue
  2. Log-in to RACER with your Onecard barcode, last name (lower case) and choose "Wilfrid Laurier" as your library
  3. Fill out the Blank Request Form (located on the left side menu under the heading "My Account") as completely as you can
  4. Submit a separate request for each item.
  5. Use RACER to modify, track and cancel requests.

How long will my request take? The library cannot guarantee a specific arrival time. Delivery varies depending on where the item is coming from. Many articles arrive in your email within a few days. Books generally take longer to arrive; usually within 5-10 business days. Submit requests well in advance of deadlines, and check your Racer account for the status of your request.

How will I know when my item(s) have arrived? When an item is available, ILL will notify you through your email account. You can also monitor the status of your request(s) by checking your account in Racer.

Where do I pick up my materials? Most articles and book chapters are delivered to your desktop via Article Exchange. Other interlibrary loan materials can be picked up and returned to your campus library's service desk or at the pickup location you specified.

How long can I borrow an item requested through interlibrary loan? The lending library specifies the length of loan, the conditions under which the material may be used (eg. library use only). Most libraries do not offer renewals. Prompt pick-up and use of materials is recommended. Borrowed material is subject to recall and it is your responsibility to renew it immediately.

Does Interlibrary Loan cost me anything? In most cases, interlibrary loan service is free. The library subsidizes up to $50 of the cost of obtaining each item. If the cost exceeds $50 you will be notified.

Lost Interlibrary Loans You are responsible for prompt payment of any overdue fines and/or replacement costs arising from your requests.

Lending Policies for External Institutions

Not-for-profit publicly funded institutions can borrow materials from Wilfrid Laurier University. Fill out the RACER web request form to submit your request. We do not accept email or phone requests.

Items not for loan: Archival or special collections, Audiovisual, Maps, Rare, Reference, Sound Recordings, Theses

Loan period: Books - Six weeks to any of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) with no renewals. Three weeks to the rest of Canada and International libraries.



Phone: 519.884.0710 ext. 3418

Mailing address: Interlibrary Loans Wilfrid University Library 75 University Ave. W. Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

Codes: NUC (CaOWTL) OCLC (W2U) National Library (OWTL)