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Library: How to Request from Other Libraries (ILL)

Use WorldCat to find books in other libraries

You can request books through inter-library loan if they are not available in our library or McMaster's.  Go to the full record display (click the title) in order to see the Holding Libraries. Make sure that it is not in our library or McMaster's.  (If we have the book, the call # would appear where you see the arrow below.  Also, under Holding Libraries, McMaster's library would appear near the top of the list.)

If the book is not at Redeemer or McMaster, you can request the item through Interlibrary Loan:

You must be in the Full Record display in order to see the libraries that own the book.  If the book is not available at Redeemer or McMaster,  it can be requested via Interlibrary Loan.  Click Request Item.

You may be prompted for Authentication at this point:

WorldCat InterLibrary Loan Request (via Email)

Fill in your ILL request as follows.  Indicate when you need the book. They usually arrive within 2 weeks. Confirm that you checked to make sure it is not at Redeemer or McMaster.  The Redeemer library will notify you when the book arrives. It will be held for you at the circulation desk.

For more information about Interlibrary Loans:

Visit the Interlibrary Loans guide for more information, including policies, charges, etc.

ILL Charges & How Long do They Take to Arrive?


  • ILL books are free if available in a Canadian library
  • ILL articles are $3.00 each
  • allowed 5 active requests at a time


  • no charge for ILL requests
  • allowed 5 active requests at a time

Retired faculty:

  • allowed 5 free requests per year
  • If more  than 5 are needed, the requester will be responsible for any fees involved.

How Long do they Take?

  • allow two weeks from when you submit the ILL order, but sometimes they come sooner

Peter Turkstra Library,  Redeemer University College , 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON, L9K 1J4, Canada
Circulation Desk Telephone: 905.648.2139 ext. 4266, Email: