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Are you eligible to receive these services?

You must live 50 kilometres or more from Sudbury or

You are a student on placement in your program (e.g. midwifery) and your placement is 50 kilometres or more from Sudbury. 

You must be presently enrolled in a Laurentian University course offered through Laurentian Online, or

You are registered in a course given by Huntington University, Thorneloe University or the University of Sudbury.

Note: Home delivery is not available for regularly scheduled on-campus courses, regardless of the distance you live from Sudbury.

What can I borrow?

Any library material that is not available to you electronically, can be ordered through RACER, 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.


Check the catalogue to make sure the desired material is not available online as either an e-book or electronic journal article. Read up on how to access our online resources.

In addition to searching our catalogue, WorldCat is an excellent resource for finding books on a topic.

When searching for articles on a specific topic, please consult your subject databases.

Loan Period

When borrowing books from Laurentian's collections, undergraduates have a 3 week loan which may be renewed 3 times; graduate students  are allowed 120 days with 1 renewal. You are responsible for renewing your own books.

All books are subject to recall after 3 weeks of use.

The original due date is indicated on the bookband wrapped around the cover of the book, and this date allows 1 week travel time each way. If you renew your book, please adjust the due date accordingly, on the book band.  Please ensure that the material is back at Laurentian by the due date which means you must ship the material at least one week before it is due. It is important to make note of the due date as overdue fines are applicable at $0.50 per day. 

When borrowing materials outside of Laurentian's collections, the loan period varies from between 3 and 6 weeks. These books are NOT renewable. Borrowers will be charged $1 per day for any material which is overdue.

No more than 30 books may be borrowed at any one time.

Registering for a RACER account

Please register for RACER by completing the online registration form. For the "Choose your location" field select "Home Delivery - for Distance Education students only".

Home Delivery

Articles will be delivered to your Laurentian email address only. Library materials will be shipped to the address you registered with for a RACER account. If you move, please be sure to update your RACER account details.

A postage paid shipping label will be provided in your package, taped to the front of the book. When finished with your library material, return the books to the J.N. Desmarais Library taping the postage paid shipping label onto the original envelope sent to you.

Updating Your Address

If you move, please login to your RACER account and update your mailing address before you request any new resources. In addition, please inform of your change of address. If you fail to communicate a change of address you will be held responsible for any print resources lost in the mail. To update your address:  

  • Login to your RACER account
  • Under 'My Account' on the left side click on 'Account Details
  • Click on 'Edit
  • Make the changes to your mailing address
  • Click on 'Save'

Library Fines

If you have incurred any library fines you will be temporarily suspended from using RACER.

You may pay by cheque, money order, or credit card. Cheques and money orders can be made out to Laurentian University and sent to:

Attention: Borrower Services

J.N. Desmarais Library

935 Ramsey Lake Road

Sudbury ON P3E 2C6                                  

Credit card payments can be made by telephone. Please call Borrower Services  at 1-800-661-1058 or 705-675-4800 to pay with VISA or Mastercard.

After payment of fines, you must also email to have your borrowing privileges reinstated. You must send this email or the suspension will continue.