InterLibrary Loans: Information for other libraries


This information is for non-SFU libraries about the ILL policies of the SFU Library. 

If you are an SFU student, faculty member, or staff, please see InterLibrary Loans: Borrowing materials from other libraries to ILL Services for information on how to obtain material from other libraries.

LAC (Library and Archives Canada) Library Symbol:  BVAS
OCLC Symbol: SFB
Illume (SHAREit) Symbol: BVAS


We lend most circulating items from our collections. 

Loans are for three weeks from the date of receipt. There are no renewals. All loans are subject to recall. 

We lend paper or microform copies of SFU theses and dissertations when available.

You are encouraged to verify availability of items in the SFU Library Catalogue.


We do not lend periodicals, but will provide copies.  Copies are normally sent in digital format.

Courier delivery

We ship by courier where agreements exist between libraries.  To request one-time courier delivery, the borrowing library must provide an account number (Federal Express or Purolator), complete street address, contact person and phone number.


  Loans Copies
BC Public Libraries $5.00 (except InterLINK members) $5.00
BC Government and BC Non-profit Libraries $6.00 $6.00
Corporate Libraries $11.00 $6.00
Other Canadian Libraries $11.00 $6.00
US Libraries $23 (US) $16 (US)
Overseas libraries $28 (US) or $35 (CA) or 3 IFLA vouchers
(NB: return must be by airmail)
$16 (US) or $20 (CA) or 1.5 IFLA vouchers

Alternative agreements are in place for charging among members of COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries), BC ELN (BC Electronic Library Network) and those institutions that participate in the Canadian University Interlibrary Loan / Resource Sharing Agreement.

Invoices will be issued in January to borrowing libraries.

Placing requests

For fastest service, please submit your request in a format that will read into our ILL Management System.  We accept:

  • ISO ILL protocol messages (contact us for details),
  • Generic Script (such as Relais, AVISO or GODOT output),
  • requests on OCLC Worldshare and Voila (we are SFB; IFM billing is preferred).

We do not accept requests by telephone.

To submit your request if you don't have an ILL system in place, see SFU ILL request form for use by other libraries.

We do not provide rush service.

Contact us

InterLibrary Loans 
WAC Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr.,
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6

Phone: 778.782.3625
Fax:  778.782.4908


Head of InterLibrary Loans division:
Donald Taylor
phone: 778.782.4304