Interlibrary Loan

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If you are looking for a book, journal article or another information source that our Library does not own, we can borrow it for you from another library — anywhere in the world, and usually for free. The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is available to all current University of Windsor students, faculty members, and staff. 

Access this service with RACER, a shared online system used at all Ontario universities.

Get started

You will need to create a unique account on RACER before you can request items. To get started, go to the Scholars Portal RACER website and fill out the registration form. Law students, faculty and staff must register with the Paul Martin Law Library.

Your "University ID" is the 14-digit barcode on the back of your UWinCARD—this will become your user ID for RACER.

Frequently asked questions

How do I request an item?

To request an item via ILL, you will need to:

  1. Make sure that we do not have the item by searching the catalogue.
  2. Log-in to RACER with your RACER account.
  3. Click on Standard Search or Advanced Search (left sidebar) to find the item you want at other Canadian libraries.
  4. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Fill out the Blank Request Form as completely as possible and we’ll do the rest.

How will I get my items?

Journal articles and digitized materials such as book chapters will be delivered by email. Scanned items will arrive in approximately 3-5 business days.

Print items can be picked up at the Libary's Information Desk, in 1-2 weeks for items mailed from Canadian libraries, and 2-4 weeks for items mailed from U.S. libraries. You will be notified via e-mail when your materials are available. You will be required to present a valid Leddy Library card (or letter of consent) when picking up materials. All borrowed material from external libraries is tracked through our library circulation system. Lost book bands will result in a $5.00 fine.

How long can I keep print items?

In most cases, the loan period for print materials is 3 weeks with no renewals. Interlibrary loan material is subject to the same fine policy as other library print materials. All fines will be added to the user's record

How much does this cost me?

Leddy Library subsidizes the cost of the vast majority of requests and there is no cost to the end-user. In special cases, the cost to borrow an item may exceed the amount that we can subsidize. In this case, you will be notified about the cost before we place the request.

I have forgotten my user ID or password

Your RACER account is independent of other University of Windsor accounts. Most accounts have the following credentials:

User ID: 14-digit barcode on the back of your UWinCARD
Password: Selected by you when you created your RACER account

We can help you reset your RACER password if you forget it, or if you are experiencing problems with your account. Talk to us at 519-253-3000 x3195, or by email at RACER@uwindsor.ca.

How do I borrow a film or video for my class?

Instructors who wish to order films and videos from other libraries may email videolibborrow@uwindsor.ca. Be sure to include in your request the title of your video, the date you are showing the video, or the date you wish to preview the video.

Can I request textbooks?

Generally, textbooks are not lendable by other libraries, and therefore cannot be ordered through Interlibrary Loan. Check to see if the Library has the textbook through our Course Resources collection, or contact your subject librarian.

Questions? Talk to us

Email: 
racer@uwindsor.ca
Phone: 
519-253-3000 ext. 3195
Fax: 
519-973-7076