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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. This excludes required textbooks, unless a Laurentian library owns a copy or can provide an older edition.

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

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."


Check the catalogue to make sure the desired material is not available online as either an e-book or electronic journal article or 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.

Unable to access your account?

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

For information on how to pay library fines click on Your LU Library account information tab.

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

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.


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 book band 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.


For more information, please refer to the Interlibrary Loan policies.

For general inquiries, please email