The InterLibrary Loan service provides access to material not held in the University of Winnipeg Library. This service is available to UW faculty, staff, and students with a valid library card. The University of Winnipeg Library participates in several provincial, regional and national resource sharing agreements that extend users' access to materials held by other libraries.
UWinnipeg faculty, staff, and students can place InterLibrary Loan requests by using one of these patron request forms:
- article request form
- book request form
- conference proceedings request form
- technical report request form
Staff from other institutions can request InterLibrary Loans of our materials using this form:
Please note we don't lend directly to patrons of other institutions.
If you have problems using our online forms, you can ask for assistance at the reference desk or contact the InterLibrary Loan Department at 204.786.9814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following information should be provided when requesting an item:
- book: author, title, place of publication, publisher, and date
- article: title of journal, author & title of article, volume, issue, date & pages
The source of reference should also be included. Incomplete requests may delay processing.
Items generally not available through InterLibrary Loan
- original journals (photocopies of articles are available, one article per issue)
- DVD’s, audio/visual material
- textbooks, theses, and rare books
- any item that violates copyright
- any item that the lending library does not wish to lend
How long will it take?
Photocopies/scans of articles generally take two to five days. Books generally require three days to three weeks to arrive. If you have not received your item in five to 15 working days please contact the InterLibrary Loan Department regarding the status of your request.
Checking status of InterLibrary Loan requests
You can check the status of your InterLibrary Loan requests online. You will receive an email message whenever an item arrives for you. Most articles will be delivered electronically directly to your email; however those that cannot be sent electronically will be available for pickup at the Circulation Desk. Books can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. You are responsible for any costs incurred due to lost or damaged books.
Loan period and renewals
The loan period is set by the lending library, and is typically two weeks from when the material arrives at the Library. No renewals are permitted. The due date is located on the slip inserted at the front of the volume. You are bound by any limitations or restrictions on use imposed by the lending library. Fines may be assessed at a rate of $1/day for overdue material. Additional restrictions may be enforced as per the Library Fines Policy .
Restrictions on use of materials
Items obtained through InterLibrary Loan are to be used by students and staff or faculty members for research, private study, review or criticism only and should not be redistributed.
Lending libraries may place restrictions on items that it lends (e.g. no photocopying, in-library use only, etc.).
InterLibrary Loan Department Staff