Borrowing Books Outside of Seneca
Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Interlibrary loan services (ILL) give Seneca students, faculty and staff access to material from external libraries. Reference, reserve materials, textbooks, rare books and periodicals may not be borrowed through ILL. All charges incurred through interlibrary loans are the responsibility of the borrower.

Request material online using our ILL form.

or complete a print form in the library. Each request must be made on a separate form with complete, legible and correct information. Material can be found by searching other other library catalogues.

Delivery Times

Requests take 7 -15 days to obtain, with some material taking longer. If the request is time-sensitve, material from Ontario colleges may be borrowered directly, as covered by the Direct Borrowing agreement.


Whenever possible, library staff will try to locate a free source for the material requested; however, library patrons should indicate whether they are interested only in sources that are free, or post a maximum amount they would be willing to pay. Universities and other lending insitution fees range from $5 - $20 per book and most libraries charge $5 - $20 for photocopying articles. Articles faxed as rush requests may cost an additional $1.

Public Libraries

Users are not permitted to request materials from public libraries.

York University

Special lending agreements with York University are available for students who are enrolled in joint Seneca-York University programs and Seneca faculty.

Maximum Number of Requests

Students can request up to 3 books and 4 periodical articles at one time. Faculty and staff can make special arrangements for loans.

Due Date Slip

A due date slip is attached to each item and must not be removed. The slips also indicate user restrictions.

Picking up Materials

Requestors are notified by telephone or email. ID is required to pickup ILL material and unclaimed ILLs may result in the suspension of ILL privileges.

Returning Materials

Interlibrary loan materials must be returned to the same location they were picked up.


Requests for renewals must be made to ILL staff directly either by fax 416 491 3349 or email ILL staff will inform the user if the book has been successfully renewed.

Overdue Materials

The library charges $1/day in fines for all overdue materials. A user who fails to return an overdue item must pay the replacement cost of the item.