Borrow from other institutions (ILL)

Beginning June 1, the RACER interlibrary loan (ILL) request form will be retired and replaced with a new ILL request system based in LibrarySearchMore information about this change.

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.


  • 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 

Delivery time

  • It may take some time to find and obtain 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

Confirmation and pickup notice

  • When logged into LibrarySearch, check MyRequests for updates on the status of your request
  • You will receive an email when your requested material is available for pickup or download
  • Materials are to be picked up from the Info Desk
  • Please reply to the pickup email if you no longer need the item you requested

Returning materials

  • ILL materials must be returned to the Info Desk at the UTSC Library; please do not remove any paper affixed to the item

Contact us / 416-208-5168

Please see the Library FAQ for additional information.