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Interlibrary Loan: Lending Guidelines


Contact Information
Request Methods
Loan Policies
Mailing Policy
Copying Policy
Present Charges
Payment Information
Special Notes

Contact Information

The Interlibrary Loans department is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (MT). The University is closed between Christmas and New Year's Day each year.

Contact information for libraries wanting to borrow materials from the University of Lethbridge Library:

Document Delivery Services
University of Lethbridge Library
4401 University Drive W.
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4


Phone:  403-329-2399

Fax:  403-329-2234

ILL Symbol:  ALU


ILL Request Methods


  • For Automated ILL- Systems using GSM (Generic Script Messages) sent via SMTP email:
  • For Automated ILL-Systems using ISO (ISO Protocol /TCP Email Messages) sent via SMTP email:
  • For Automated ILL-Systems (OCLC and Agent) that communicate via ISO ILL using TCP (instead of email) please use:

 We do not accept requests by telephone.

Loan Policies

Loan Period:

  • 5 weeks from date of receipt (monographs/microfilm/microfiche/audiovisual materials)
  • 3 volumes or microfilm reels of a title lent at a time
  • 1 renewal upon request
  • items are subject to recall at any time

Will Lend:

  • books
  • theses
  • select audiovisual materials
  • select microfiche and microfilm

Will Not Lend:

  • Curriculum Laboratory materials
  • government documents
  • print serials
  • reference materials
  • reserve materials
  • special collections materials
  • maps
  • LP music recordings
  • 16 mm films

Arrangements may be considered for items normally not for loan.

Mailing Policy

Loans are sent by:

  • Alberta Government Courier to Alberta public libraries
  • Canada Post Library Materials Rate to all other Alberta and Canadian libraries
  • Courier to U.S. and international libraries

Rush loans will be sent by courier collect to the requesting library; please provide courier name and account number on your request form.

Copying Policy

It is the policy of the University of Lethbridge Library to comply fully with the provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act.  This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Lending/Document Delivery Charges 

Billing Rate Copies Loans
Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) No Charge No Charge
Alberta Resource-sharing Consortium (ARC) No Charge No Charge
Alberta Not For Profit No Charge No Charge
Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) No Charge No Charge
CAUL-CBUA, BCI, OCUL $5.00 No Charge
Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) $15.00 No Charge
Canada Not For Profit $15.00 $10.00
Canada For Profit $25.00 $25.00
U.S.A./International Not For Profit $25.00 $25.00
U.S.A./International For Profit $35.00 $35.00

Payment Information

Invoices are sent annually in January. Invoices for lost materials will be generated as needed. Once an invoice is paid, all charges are non-refundable. Payment options will be listed on the invoice. If lost, replacement copies will not be accepted.

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