Our interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery service provides you with digital and print resources from other libraries when we do not have the item you need. We are able to borrow digital and print materials from academic, public and research libraries across Canada and around the world.
In order to deliver an ILL service that is as efficient, effective, and as smooth as possible, the University Library has decided to amalgamate the Murray and Health Sciences ILL services into a single unit. One team will now be working together to manage ILL for the whole library.
- Use the Search option to find the item you need at another library. The item you choose from the list of search results will automatically populate the fields of the request form.
Use Create Request if you have the complete citation and want to enter the information in the request form manually.
- At the bottom of the form, you are asked to indicate a date after which the item is not needed. Think of this as the last day that you could use the item. If you leave the default at 2 weeks, the system will automatically cancel the loan request on that date. To avoid having your request automatically cancelled extend the end date before you submit.
- The selected Language of Item automatically defaults to English. Be aware that if you request an article from a foreign-language publication it will be delivered in the language of the original publication, not translated into English.
- Select My Requests to track the status of your item(s).
If the University Library owns the item in any format (including e-book format) or is checked out, your request will be cancelled and we will notify you. Items that are currently checked out can be recalled; the current borrower will receive a notification to return the item within 30 days or by the due date, whichever is shorter.
Other Libraries / Organizations
Most academic, public, corporate and government libraries are welcome to borrow our materials through interlibrary loan.
If your request is urgent and you require a rush delivery, please check the rush box when you fill out the request form, then call 306-966-6651 to confirm.
Books, microfilm, and other circulating items are shipped via Canada Post. Be prepared to provide your courier number on the request form if you require faster service. Documents and copies are supplied as an email attachment.
Materials from any of our locations Education & Music, Engineering, Law, Leslie & Irene Dubé Health Sciences, Science, and STM Shannon Library are available to be borrowed. Submit requests through your interlibrary loan system (e.g. Relais, VDX, OCLC) whenever possible using these library symbols.
- Library and Archives Canada (Amicus) - SSU
- Invoice to follow
- OCLC code - UOH.
- Docline code – SKCSKS
- Or include your library symbol in the appropriate field
If you do not have an ILL system, use the forms linked below.
"Since 2011 I have frequently used the U of S Interlibrary Loans service to support my academic work. Throughout … Interlibrary Loans was an essential and invaluable service, and I continue to use it for my current research projects. I do not have enough words to express my appreciation for the superb staff who always provided me outstanding and friendly service, went the extra mile for me, and continue to do so."Lucille Otero, PhD – Affiliated Faculty
“The excellent ILL service maintained by the professional library staff is indispensable for my research on Chinese history.”Gary Luk – USask Employee
"The Interlibrary Loan service is the unsung hero of the U of S library. It exponentially expands its stacks and the intellectual horizons of students, faculty, and staff, simultaneously."Maurice Labelle – Faculty & Staff
“I am a long-time user of the interlibrary loan service … I could not effectively conduct my research without it, and for that I am indebted to the University of Saskatchewan staff.”Rob Flannigan - Faculty & Staff
“I would like to … highlight, and express my thanks to, what I regard as one of the treasures of the University of Saskatchewan: our Interlibrary Loans division. Over the years, I have found the staff in the Interlibrary Loans office a delight to work with … they have consistently gone above and beyond the call by helping me to access arcane and/or quite recent material. I quite literally could not do my work without the support of the Interlibrary Loan staff: their dedication and efficiency deserve to be commended.”John Porter - Faculty & Staff
“Our ILL team got me through a PhD program. They are outstanding resource detectives who are there for everyone on campus and a terrific group of people to get to know.”David Smith – Librarian
“Interlibrary Loans have been integral for my work in my undergraduate degree … Interlibrary Loans gives me access to books and articles that our library doesn't have and allows me to do research that otherwise wouldn't be possible.”Chloe Peters – Undergraduate Student
“As a graduate student working from outside of Saskatoon I have accessed and continue to access Interlibrary Loan services through Distance and Distributed Library Services on a pretty regular basis. The search system is user friendly and the turnaround time in processing and delivery of the books that I need is always quick and efficient.”Gemma Porter - Graduate Student – Off Campus Distance
“We have a wonderful library but, when you start to do advanced research on a quite narrow and specific topic, you may reach the limits of our local resources. But wait, help is at hand: Interlibrary Loans! Our staff members are most helpful and the system works very quickly. In no time, you will have the books or articles you need drawn from other university libraries across Canada. Your research will proceed unimpeded.”Don Cochrane - Professor Emeritu
“The University Library’s interlibrary loan/document delivery (ILL) service is a jewel within our library system. The knowledge and efficiency of the staff, combined with rapid and easy delivery—in many cases right to email, provide most requested resources more quickly than one would imagine. In the many years that I have been a humanities librarian at USask I have used ILL extensively in my own research, and have also been able to guide faculty and students to this remarkable resource that, quite seamlessly, brings the world of library research to all of us at USask.”Donna Canevari de Paredes - Librarian
“I recently earned my PhD and I would not have made it without the quiet heroic presence of the Interlibrary loan team. Over the years, I have come to be acquainted with almost each one of them, I appreciate how valuable they are as individuals and as a team in assisting and ensuring students’ success. With gratitude, I am taking my hat off and bless each one of you in the ILL team.”Penelope Sanz - Graduate Students
“As a frequent user of the Interlibrary Loan Services for more than three decades (beginning in 1985), I consider the Interlibrary Loan Department of the University of Saskatchewan the most important unit within the University of Saskatchewan Libraries, seminal to and in part responsible for allowing me to establish my profile as a researcher on an international level.”Prof. Dr. Walter Kreyszig – Emerit
Frequently Asked Questions
- Current USask students, faculty and staff (in good standing)
- Current USask students, faculty and staff living outside Saskatoon including distance students, interns, medical residents and students on placement. Register for Distance and Distributed Library Services to access interlibrary loan services.
- Alumni and External Borrowers will be charged a fee of $15 per request for interlibrary loan services and must submit requests via email to email@example.com. There may be additional charges if the cost for borrowing from the lending library exceed $15. In those cases, we will confirm the cost with you before proceeding with the request. We suggest that alumni and external borrowers make interlibrary loan requests through their local public library as the costs may be significantly lower (perhaps even free).
- Materials already owned by our library in any format (including e-books), unless the item is lost or is currently checked out and another person already has a hold placed on it.
- Items that are on reserve in any of our seven libraries.
- Digital copies of entire issues or volumes of journals. You can request individual articles for digital document delivery or borrow print issues/volumes (where available).
- Materials for class use, specifically textbooks.
Some items are more difficult to borrow through ILL but may be available. These include audio-visual materials, rare materials, items held in archives and special collections, patents, standards, technical reports, theses and dissertations. You can submit these requests through the ILL system or ILL Team for help.
You will receive an email notice when your interlibrary loan arrives with details about where and when to pick it up.
Most items (books, microfilm, etc.) can be picked up at the Self-Serve Contactless Pickup area, located on the ground floor of the Murray Library. Most items (books, microfilm, etc.) can be picked up at the Self-Serve Contactless Pickup area, located on the ground floor of the Murray Library.
Present your campus ID card to check out your item(s).
Most documents (articles, book chapters) will be delivered to you electronically as a PDF file.
Once your document is available, a temporary link and instructions for document retrieval are emailed to your official USask email account (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is your responsibility to check your USask email on a regular basis.
*IMPORTANT* PDF documents are available to download for 5 days from the time the document is first accessed. After this time the document link will expire. Remember to download a copy of your item for your personal use.
This depends entirely on the availability from other libraries. Some items may be difficult to locate and will take longer.
- Electronic copies of articles and book chapters may arrive in as little as 1 - 4 days.
- Book loans from Canadian libraries arrive in 3 - 10 days.
- Items from international locations, including the U.S., may take considerably longer due to customs procedures at border crossings.
These timelines are tentative and the Covid-19 Pandemic has an impact.
The loan period for interlibrary loans is generally four weeks with the possibility of renewals. The length is determined by the lending library so make sure to check the due date printed on the paper bookband.
An extension to an interlibrary loan may be possible; contact the ILL Team for help prior to your due date.
Late items are charged overdue fees of $5 per day per item. Replacement charges will apply if items are lost, damaged or kept long overdue.
Borrowing privileges will be suspended if fees exceed $30.
University Library Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
Office hours: Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm
Phone: (306) 966-6651*
*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic this phone is not always monitored, voicemail is available.