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What Can I Borrow?

Any library material that is not available to you electronically, can be ordered whether the material is located in Laurentian's own collections - or elsewhere.


If the library owns a current or an older edition of a required textbook it is available for borrowing.  If it is not available, the Library will NOT order it from elsewhere.

Laurentian is unable to supply any loaned materials from other libraries to students residing outside North America.

What can't I order?

ILL may not be used to order required textbooks for courses. Please visit the University Bookstore.

Normally excluded from this service: periodical volumes or issues (ie. journals), reference works, rare books, audio-visual materials. For information on how to order films, consult the Getting Films information tab.

When Can I Expect to Receive my Documents?

Articles are typically available within 10 days.

Books and microforms are typically available within 3 weeks. Books borrowed from libraries outside Canada may take in excess of 2 months to become available.

The library will contact you when a book or microfilm is available for pickup. We will also notify you if we are unable to fill your request.

When Do I Have to Return What I Have Borrowed?

Due dates for items (e.g., books) requested from other libraries are set by the lending libraries.

Borrowers are responsible for returning all borrowed items on time; fines for overdue items may apply. 

In general, loan periods (Books / Microforms) are six weeks for books received from other Ontario universities and three weeks for items from all other sources. Loan renewal is not normally possible.


The lending library may recall books at any time. Upon receipt of a recall notice, you have 24 hours to return the requested material to the J.N. Desmarais Library.

Failure to return the recalled material will result in a fine that will be levied against your J.N. Desmarais Library record at $1 a day with no maximum. 

If you are still in need of the material that has been recalled, the interlibrary loan staff will, upon your request, gladly re-order the same material from another institution providing there is one.