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.
Never ceases to amaze how I can request an obscure 30yo out of print paper & @UofTlibraries will find it & email me a PDF abroad in 2 days.— Elizabeth (@palaeobeth) July 23, 2015
Current University of Toronto students, faculty and staff are eligible to submit requests free of charge.
In all cases, requesters will be notified of any charges before we proceed with filling requests.
You can place a request in two ways.
1) Place a request via LibrarySearch
- You can now make an ILL request directly from LibrarySearch, our library search system for books, audiovisuals, etc.
- This FAQ will guide you through the process
2) Place a request using RACER
RACER = Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting
- As of January 2021, the library no longer supports PIN authentication for RACER logins.
- Please use your library barcode as te RACER User ID and your UTORid for your RACER password.
- How to find your UTORid.
Login to RACER using your library barcode and UTORid in the User ID and password fields.
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It may take staff some time to locate 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.
When logged into RACER, check My Requests for updates on the status of your request.
If you need an item quicker than what can be provided, or if we're unable to locate the item for you, you may also try placing a Purchase Request instead.
Requests are processed by and may be picked up at the following locations (if not delivered via email):
St. George campus
Please see the Library FAQ for additional information.
–Updated January 16, 2022