Interlibrary Loan

March 1, 2021: Print Interlibrary loan service will resume March 8, 2021.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 and library closures, interlibrary loan users may see delays or cancelled requests. As a result, print Interlibrary Loans will be most useful for those engaged in long-term research, rather than those with an immediate need for materials.

Brock faculty, students, and staff can place requests for books and articles located at other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Service.

Brock alumni are also eligible to borrow books through interlibrary loan on a cost recovery basis. Community borrowers are eligible for interlibrary loan privileges for a fee of $50 per year plus cost recovery. Please refer to Community Borrowing fees.


Set up a RACER account

Check Status/ Cancel Request

See account activity

Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan

Two ways:

1. When you discover a book or article in Omni that isn’t available at Brock, choose ‘Check for available services’ to request the item. Choose ‘The library doesn’t have book? Request it via Interlibrary Loan’. The form will automatically add all the required information, just fill in your RACER userID and password to submit the request.

2. If you already know the citation information for an item the library does have access to, you can go directly to the Article and Book request forms to fill in the form and submit your request.

The Library subsidizes the costs of obtaining research materials within Canada. Community and Alumni are charged on a cost recovery basis for books and microform materials.

The Library will subsidize $25 toward any U.S. or international requests for Brock faculty, graduate students, and staff.

Books, book chapters, journal articles, government publications, conference proceedings, reports, Canadian theses, and microfilm / microfiche can be requested through RACER.

We are unable to request entire journal issues, entire ebooks, audiovisual material, reference material, and maps through RACER.

Journal articles typically arrive within 1-3 business days. Books typically arrive within 3-5 business days, but may take longer depending on the lending library.

Your RACER User ID is your Brock ID number. Your password is one that you created when you registered for your RACER account.

Visit the Ask Us Desk or phone 905-688-5550 x4583 and staff will help you change your password.

Create a request in RACER using the ‘Blank Request Form’ on the left hand toolbar under ‘My Account.’

No, Interlibrary Loan staff will locate the material for you.

Articles and books that are available at James A. Gibson Library are typically cancelled. Items that are not available at a Canadian library are typically cancelled for undergraduates.

The due date appears on the book band. Please check the Library’s Borrowing Policies for overdue or lost interlibrary loan books.

Journal articles are yours to keep.


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