To find out if there's a copy in another library system near you, you may also search other libraries' catalogues.
How to place an interlibrary loan request:
Watch this video on how to place an interlibrary loan request, or follow the instructions below:
- Go to Citation Finder, part of the SFU Library Catalogue, and sign in (upper right hand corner of screen) with your SFU computing id and password.
- Choose either the Article option or Book option from Citation Finder.
- For book chapters choose the Article option and for microfilm, theses, reports choose the Book option.
- Leave all fields in the form blank and click on Submit at the bottom of the form.
- At the next screen you'll be given the option of requesting the item from another library. Click on the Interlibrary Loans link at this point.
- At the subsequent ILL request form fill in all the necessary information. Make sure to choose a need by date and to select a pick up location for physical items.
- The Interlibrary Loans service is free of charge for SFU faculty, staff and students.
- Articles usually arrive in 1-3 days. Books usually arrive between 3-8 days. Items coming from outside Canada may take up to 14 days or longer to arrive.
- You will receive an email notification when your item arrives, or if your request could not be filled.
- Books are picked up from whichever SFU campus library you designated as your pick-up location.
- Articles and other copies are delivered via email and require you to use your Library barcode to access the document.
- You may request items which the SFU Library already owns if:
- the item is out on loan to another person and you need the item somewhat urgently
- if there are multiple holds or requests on the item
- if the item is missing from the collection.
- For more information, see Interlibrary Loans: Borrowing materials from other libraries.
Please see our ILL guide for other libraries.