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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - RACER

This guide provides information and instruction to faculty, students, and staff with regard to interlibrary loan and the use of RACER


Who may use the service?

The service is available to faculty, staff, and students who hold a valid Ontario Tech Library ID card. External borrowers (alumni, community borrowers, etc.) are not eligible.

We cannot process requests for a user whose library account is blocked.

What can I request?

Currently, only single articles and single book chapters can be requested.  ILL staff will do their best to try to find a lender that has electronic access to the material requested, however, some materials are harder to obtain or may not be available for ILL.


  • Textbooks.
  • Print books.
  • Rare Books and original manuscripts.
  • Audio-visual materials.
  • Patents and standards.
  • Books that are listed in the Ontario Tech catalogue.
  • Entire journals (only a single article per issue).
  • Entire e-books (only a single chapter per book).
  • Multiple articles from one journal issue, or copies of more than one chapter from a book.

How long does it take?

On average, articles take between 2-7 working days but due to library closures during the COVID pandemic, this timeframe is not guaranteed.  Any material coming from outside the province might take longer.

Article Delivery

Articles are normally delivered in an email via a secure web link.

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