Answered By: Allison Ball
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2020     Views: 211

COVID-19 Update

The lending or borrowing of print items is unavailable during the library's closure. Requests for articles from e-journals and magazines can still be made and processed.


The interlibrary loan program allows students, faculty and staff to request materials from external libraries (usually other colleges and universities) for pickup at one of our campus libraries. 

You can request material through our online form
Please submit each request on a separate form with as much information
as you can provide.

Is there a cost to request an ILL? 

There is usually no cost for Interlibrary Loans. Our library staff will always seek out a free copy of your requested material before resorting to copies that come at a price. If a fee is required, the library will contact you before the request is submitted to a lender.

All charges incurred through interlibrary loans are the responsibility of the borrower, whether student, staff, or faculty. Charges do vary and will typically range anywhere between $5 and $25 per request, as determined by the lending library. 

How long does it take to receive an ILL?

The time it takes to receive an ILL can vary. In general:

Digital copies usually take 1-5 business days to receive.

Print copies usually take 4-10 business days to receive.

Obscure or hard to find items can take more time. If you would like to check the status of your request, please send an email to:

Where do I pickup my ILL when it arrives? 

When they arrive, ILLs are kept at the Library Service Desk. Have your Seneca OneCard ready and let staff know you're picking up an interlibrary loan.

Can I go to the lending library and pick up my own ILL?

Unfortunately not. Seneca Libraries is expected to act as an intermediary to ensure receipt and return of interlibrary loan materials, meaning you won't be able to pickup ILL material directly from the lending library.

If your request is time-sensitive, you may be able to locate a copy at another Ontario College of Applied arts and Technology through the Direct Borrowing Agreement.

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