Interlibrary Loan Policies

James A. Gibson Library

Interlibrary Loan Policies

Interlibrary Loan

RACER (Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting) allows Brock faculty, students, and staff to search and place requests for books and articles not owned by the Brock Library.

Brock alumni and community borrowers are also eligible to borrow books through RACER. Community borrowers have a fee of $50 per year for interlibrary loan privileges. Please refer to Community Borrowing fees.

Set up a RACER Account the first time you request an interlibrary loan.

What Can I Request?

Books, journal articles, government publications, conference proceedings, reports, Canadian theses, and microfilm / microfiche can be requested through RACER.

We are unable to request entire journal issues, ebooks, audiovisual material, reference material, and maps through RACER.

How do I Get It!?

When you find a book or article in SuperSearch, click on Request This at the bottom of the item record. Fill in your RACER username and password and request the item.

Or search RACER by title or subject to find books. Click on Get It! to submit a request for a book from your search results. Please check the Brock Library Catalogue to see if the book is owned by the Library. 

I Did Not Find My Item in RACER. How Do I Request It?

Click on the Blank Request Form on the left hand toolbar under My Account and fill out a blank request form. Please note that there are separate forms for requesting books and journal articles.

How Much Does It Cost? 

There is no cost for Brock faculty, student, and staff for material borrowed from any Canadian locations. Alumni and Community Borrowers pay only on a cost recovery basis.

The Library subsidizes $25 for U.S. and International requests for Brock faculty, graduate students, and staff.

How Long Does It Take?

Book requests usually arrive within three to five business days, but may take longer depending on the lending library.

Journal articles usually arrive within one to three business days, but may take longer for journals that are difficult to locate within Canada.

Where Do I Pick Up My Requests?

Interlibrary loan books can be picked up at the Ask Us Desk in the James A. Gibson Library or at the Instructional Resource Centre (IRC) Hamilton Campus. Please choose your pickup location when you place your request. Please note that it may take up to 3 additional working days for RACER processed materials to arrive at the Hamilton Campus.

Journal articles are sent to you by email, unless licensing restrictions require that we supply you with a print copy of the article. Printed articles can be picked up at the Ask Us Desk for students and are sent through the interdeparmental mail to faculty. 

How Long Can I Keep It?

The due date for interlibrary loan books is stated on the bookband. The loan period is three weeks from the date that we receive the book from the lending library.

Journal articles are yours to retain.

Please check the Library's Borrowing Policies for fines for overdue or lost interlibrary loan books.


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