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RACER - Interlibrary Loan: Policies & Procedures

RACER (Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting) is the system you can use to submit interlibrary loan requests online for books and articles from other libraries.

Contact Us

RULA, Interlibrary Loan

Phone: (416) 979-5314


RACER: Login Page

Who is eligible to use ILL services?

RACER accounts are available to Ryerson faculty members, students and staff with a valid library card.

Please note: This service is not extended to Direct Borrowers, Alumni and External borrowers. Guest users can search the Ontario university library catalogues in RACER, but not place requests.

How long does it take?

The time for materials to arrive varies, depending on the availability, location and delivery mechanism of the lending library.

Journal Articles: a few working days to two weeks.

Books: a week or more.

Note: International requests may take longer.

Please submit your requests well in advance and request only materials needed for research.

Direct Borrowing at Other Schools

Borrowing at University of Toronto Libraries

For the past several years, we have tracked a decline in usage of direct borrowing with the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) accompanied by increasing fees. As a result, effective September 1, 2014, we are not renewing our direct borrower’s agreement with UTL. This agreement provided access for Ryerson faculty, staff and graduate students to browse collections and borrow items directly from U of T. For more information, please view the associated report, and the Q & A related to the cancellation of this agreement.

Alternate methods for borrowing from U of T libraries:

  1. The Library’s Interlibrary Loan Service allows the Ryerson community to borrow items at no cost from other university library collections, including UTL.  Print items are delivered to the Library, and electronic delivery of journal articles is now available.
  2. To browse the collection at Robarts Library, faculty members and staff from other universities may purchase either the short-term visitor stack pass ($20), or the annual Stack Access Card ($50). More information is available on the UTL website.  Robarts Library has a stack retrieval service where visitors can have items pulled from the stacks for them to review.

    Note: Most college libraries at U of T allow public access to their collections for browsing at no cost, and that Ryerson graduate students can also apply to the Stack Pass fund to obtain a pass to access the stacks without cost to them.

  3. To borrow from UTL, register as an external researcher - the new annual fee is $310/year, with pro-rated amounts for those who purchase part-way through the year. Reduced rates are available for seniors and U of T alumni.