Interlibrary loan (ILL)

Request shared physical resources quickly and easily from across all 18 Omni partner institutions, a collection of nearly 25.3 million resources.

Interlibrary loans

The interlibrary loan (ILL) service assists members of the University of Ottawa community:

  • Students, faculty and staff
  • Retired and emeritus professors
  • Retired employees
  • Affiliated researchers - Are you affiliated?

This service is not available for alumni or external users. Please use the interlibrary loan services offered by your public library.

To request an item in Omni, login to your library account and perform a search in the uOttawa + Omni Libraries search. Omni searches across all 18 partners for that item and when it finds an available copy, you’ll be able to place a request, whether it is available at uOttawa or not. Omni automatically finds the item at one of our partner libraries, who will then send it to uOttawa, at no charge to you. You will be notified when your item is ready for pickup and you will enjoy the same 120-day loan period, the same as if you were borrowing a uOttawa item. While delivery times can vary due to a variety of factors, the anticipated average delivery time is 7 to 10 business days. 

RACER, the Library's Interlibrary Loan system, is still available for requested physical resources not available at any of the 18 Omni partners, as well as all electronic resource requests.

    If you are a first-time user, sign up for RACER.

    Type Availability
    Articles RACER
    Books and book chapters RACER
    DVDs and films Currently unavailable
    Whole Journal volumes or issues Not available
    Maps and atlases Currently unavailable
    Rare books Not available
    Reference works Not available
    Software Not available
    Theses Check first if available online

    Tip: Always search our catalogue first to be sure that we do not own the item. You cannot request an item that is already in our collection, even if it is in use.

    Items usually arrive within 2 weeks. Please do not inquire about your request before then.

    Read more about how to submit an interlibrary loan request.

    There is no cost to the user for requesting items.

    If you have any questions, contact interlibrary loan.

    More information

    How to submit an interlibrary loan request

    How to submit an interlibrary loan request

    Learn how to quickly and easily request an item from one of our 18 partner institutions.


    Lending to other libraries

    Other libraries can request materials from one of our libraries. If you have any questions, contact the interlibrary loan service (Tel. 613-562-5210 email: [email protected]).

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