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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Information regarding interlibrary loan. Interlibrary Loan (ILL), is the process of requesting materials from other libraries.

What is interlibrary loan (ILL)?

For Durham College Students, Faculty & Staff

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process of requesting materials from other libraries. If the resource that you require is not available within the Durham College Library in either print or electronic format, an Interlibrary Loan can be processed on your behalf. Most items are received within two weeks, but some items may take up to six weeks to arrive.

Borrowers are responsible however, for fees imposed by the lending libraries for materials that are returned late, or have been damaged, or lost.

NOTE:  You need to be a current student/staff/faculty member and you must also be registered at the Library in order to utilize this service.  In order to register for library privileges, please bring your current student/staff/ faculty member card to any Durham College/UOIT Library circulation desk.  Thank you!

Loan Period

Loan period for books:  Two to three weeks. Due date is indicated on the book band with no renewals. The loan period and conditions of use are determined by the library from which the material is borrowed.


The timely return of borrowed material is essential to keeping the Library in good standing with other institutions so that they will continue to lend material. Failure to return materials by the due date may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges and delay the processing of additional requests.  Failure to return a borrowed item may result in replacement charges to the borrower, as determined by the lending library.

Daily Fine on overdue ILL (Interlibrary Loan), material is $1.00 per day, per item.

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