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Interlibrary Loans

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COVID-19 Notice - Interlibrary Loan Services

Due to the current public health situation interlibrary loaning of physical items has been temporarily suspended. Library users may continue to request document delivery of journal articles (as well as magazine and newspaper articles, ebook chapters, theses and dissertations, conference papers, and standards documents).

About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans are the method by which library patrons of Algonquin College can access material that supports their learning and research goals that is not held in the Algonquin College library collection. Students and faculty may request items held by libraries located in Ottawa, Ontario or Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I request an interlibrary loan?

  • How long do interlibrary loan requests take?

    • Requests can take from approximately 24 hours up to 2 weeks, depending on the current volume of requests, as well as the location and response time of the lender.

  • How long can I keep interlibrary loan material?

    • Loan periods are determined by the lending library.

  • Can interlibrary loan materials be renewed?

    • Renewals can occasionally be accommodated. Please email at least 5 working days before the items originally assigned due date.

  • Are there costs associated with interlibrary loan services?

    • Charges for borrowing interlibrary loan material are covered by the Algonquin College Library and provided to our patrons at our discretion. Charges incurred by our patrons in the form of overdue fines, replacement costs, and processing fees are paid for by the Algonquin College Library and charged back against the borrowing patron.

  • What are the fines and replacement costs for interlibrary loan material?

    • All fines, replacement costs, and processing fees are determined by the lending library.

Requesting an ILL

Direct Borrowing - Smart Library

Frequently Asked Questions

Which libraries issue SmartLibrary cards?

  • The following libraries issue SmartLibrary cards:
    • Algonquin College
    • Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau
    • Canadian Museum of History
    • Carleton University
    • La Cité
    • Dominican College
    • Ottawa Public Library
    • University of Ottawa
    • Université du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO)

How can I get a SmartLibrary card?

  • If you are a member of one of the lending libraries listed above, you can visit the library and ask for a free SmartLibrary card. To obtain a SmartLibrary card, you must be at least 16 years of age.

My SmartLibrary card expired. How do I renew it?

  • You can renew your expired card at the library where it was issued.

Can I lend/share my SmartLibrary card with others?

  • No. The card was issued under your name and only you are entitled to use it.

Where do I return my books?

  • All borrowed materials must be returned directly to the library where it was borrowed.

What happens if I am late in returning my books?

  • Card members are responsible for all the materials they borrow and any fines or charges that result from its use. Late fees will vary in accordance with the library.

Can I access the member libraries' electronic resources?

  • Libraries have different access restrictions. Please refer to the table on the website's homepage or contact the library.

Can other libraries join the SmartLibrary group?

  • SmartLibrary welcomes interest from other libraries in the National Capital Region. For more information, please contact us.

Direct Borrowing - Ontario Colleges

Direct Borrowing Agreement – Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Libraries

  • A college staff member, faculty or student may borrow in person from any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology Library with the following provisions:
  • Each borrower is responsible for the safe return or replacement of material borrowed or for any charges incurred.
  • Only circulating material as defined by the lending library may be borrowed.
  • Only college staff, faculty and students who are currently employed or registered are eligible to request a Direct Borrower’s card.

Participating Institutions:

Northern Region

Central Region

Western Region

Eastern Region

  • Boréal
  • Cambrian
  • Canadore
  • Confederation
  • Northern
  • Sault
  • Centennial
  • George Brown
  • Georgian
  • Humber
  • Seneca
  • Sheridan
  • Conestoga
  • Fanshawe
  • Lambton
  • Mohawk
  • Niagara
  • St. Clair
  • Algonquin
  • Durham
  • Fleming
  • La Cité
  • Loyalist
  • St. Lawrence

Library Contact

ILL Request Form

Direct Borrowing Agreement - Ontario Colleges