Interlibrary Loan

June 2022: Some users may encounter an error code when placing an interlibrary loan request. We are aware of the issue and are working on a solution. If you are unable to complete your ILL request due to an error code, please email and staff will ensure your request is properly entered.

December 2021: We have updated our interlibrary loan request system. To submit a request, you must now log in to your UWinnipeg Library account and approve access. Please read our quick guide for full details or contact if you have any questions.

If you are interested in partner Libraries with which we have reciprocal borrowing privileges, please see Other Libraries. This LibGuide also provides links to other regional Libraries. 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.

Requesting items

UWinnipeg faculty, staff, and students can place InterLibrary Loan requests by using one of the below patron request forms. Please note that these forms are no longer able to check if an item is available through the University of Winnipeg; you must search for an item in Discovery before placing a request.

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

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

  • items owned by the University of Winnipeg
  • original journals (photocopies/PDFs of articles are available, one article per issue)
  • eBooks
  • 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.

Picking Up InterLibrary Loan Requests

You will receive an email message whenever an item arrives for you. Most articles will be delivered electronically directly to your email. Books and articles that cannot be sent electronically will be available for pickup 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 three weeks from when the material arrives at the Library. The due date is located on the slip inserted at the front of the volume. Renewals may be permitted at the discretion of the lending library and must be requested by contacting Requests for renewals should be made 3-5 days before the due date, as the lending library may not grant the request. You are bound by any limitations or restrictions on use imposed by the lending library. 

Request Limits

There is no limit on the number of interlibrary loan requests a patron may submit. However, due to the significant amount of staff labour and financial cost involved, we may be unable to fulfill unusually large requests. In such cases, the Library reserves the right to impose a weekly restriction on requests submitted by an individual. 

Restrictions on use of materials

Items obtained through InterLibrary Loan are to be used by faculty, staff, or students for research, private study, review or criticism only and should not be redistributed. For more information, see the University of Winnipeg's Copyright Policy.

Lending libraries may place restrictions on items that it lends (e.g. no photocopying, in-library use only, etc.).


COPPUL / OCUL / CAUL-CBUA / CREPUQ Resource Sharing Agreement

Manitoba Library Consortium Inc. Library Express Agreement


Phone: (204) 786-9814