Borrow from other institutions (ILL)

*COVID-19 Update: Interlibrary (ILL) materials are being supplied electronically. The library is extending due dates for material that is already out on loan.*

Interlibrary Loans

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) makes available research materials not owned by U of T libraries. The ILL service is available to all U of T faculty, staff and students who hold a valid Tcard. ILL service is also available for a fee to all Alumni and Research Readers, and Associate Members. Please see Charges & Payment section below for additional information.

To request an item that is not owned by the UofT Library

  1. Register for RACER (first time only)
  2. Login to RACER by providing your Barcode and Password (last 4 digits of your student/staff number or a PIN you have selected) and choose Toronto from the drop-down list of Your Library
  3. Search for your item 
  4. Once you locate the item you need, click Get It.
  5. Choose your pick-up location and be sure to select Toronto-UT Scarborough UTSC Library (default is Robarts and they will not forward it to UTSC Campus) and click on Request


For articles, search for the journal title – be sure to include the citation information in your request (article title, author, volume, issue, etc.)

If you cannot find the item you need, use the Blank Request Form, and fill in as much information as possible

Delivery Time

5-10 business days for books (may take longer)

2-5 business days for Journal articles (may take longer)

Confirmation & Pickup Notice

You will be notified via e-mail as soon as UTSC Library has received the requested materials. Materials are to be picked- up from the Reference Desk. Please reply to the pick-up email if you no longer need the item you requested.

Charges & Payment

For current U of T faculty, staff and students there is no charge to borrow books or fee for articles.

See the Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Charges page for more details.

Payments for ILL services must be made at the time materials are picked up. Debit, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted at the Circulation Desk. ILL fees may also be charged to your budget or research grant accounts.

Please note that patrons are responsible for all charges once an item has been requested.

Loan Periods and Renewals

Most loan periods are 6 weeks. Please note that most ILL material is non-renewable.

Requests for renewals must be made at least 4 days prior to the due date.

Contact us at  to request a renewal.

Returning Materials

ILL materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk at UTSC Library. Please do not remove any paper affixed to the item.

Tracking / Canceling Requests

You may cancel or track the status of your requests by logging on to RACER.

After signing in, click on My Requests.

ILL Lending to other Libraries and Institutions 

Libraries and other institutions outside of the University of Toronto can request loans or copies of items in our collection. Individuals  without University of Toronto affiliation must contact their local library to borrow items.

See the Interlibrary Loan Lending Charges for more information.