UVic borrowers

Eligibility for subsidized interlibrary loan services

These UVic borrowers are eligible to use interlibrary loan:

  • Undergraduate students (see limitations for undergraduates)
  • Graduate students
  • Faculty and retired faculty
  • Staff
  • Affiliates

Limitations for undergraduates

Materials for undergraduate students will be obtained from Canadian libraries only. Exceptions may be made if your professor is willing to sign a letter of permission.

Other categories of library users

UVic alumni and community borrowers are not eligible for subsidized interlibrary loan services. However, you may obtain interlibrary loan materials for a fee through the Distance Learning and Research office. A current schedule of charges is available.

Placing requests

Submit your interlibrary loan request online.

Contact us if you need help: ill@uvic.ca | 250-721-8236.

Materials available through interlibrary loan

  • Books
  • Journal articles/newspaper articles (see copyright information)
  • Microforms
  • Government documents and conference proceedings
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Items officially missing from the UVic Libraries
  • Different edition of a book held by the UVic Libraries

Materials not available through interlibrary loan

  • Videos and films
  • Materials already in the UVic Libraries regardless of format
  • Materials on reserve
  • Reference books
  • Entire issues of journals (copyright information)
  • Materials in high use in the lending library
  • Rare and fragile items
  • Materials that are difficult and/or expensive to ship
  • Sound recordings

Restrictions on interlibrary loans

  • Requests are usually restricted to items required for research, UVic employment, thesis/dissertation, or course work.
  • Eligible borrowers may not make requests on behalf of ineligible borrowers.


Requests to the UVic interlibrary loan service should not exceed the amount set out in the university's Fair Dealing Guidelines