TRU students, faculty, and staff with a current TRU Library account in good standing are eligible to request interlibrary loans (ILLs). NOTE: Alumni and community members can access interlibrary loan services through their local public library.
The ILL department can obtain the following materials:
NOTE: This service is to support research, employment, and course work at TRU. Please place requests for personal reading materials with your local public library.
For more information about finding theses and dissertations, see the TRU Library guide: Theses & Dissertations.
NOTE: Campus ID is required for pickup.
All official TRU Library notices (i.e., due date reminders, hold available notices, ILL request confirmations, ILL requested item available notices, etc.) are sent to TRU email accounts. Please check your TRU account regularly for library notices OR set up your TRU email account to forward messages automatically to the email account of your choice.
Your ILL request may have been cancelled for any of the following reasons:
If you lose or damage material acquired via interlibrary loan, you will be responsible for paying any replacement charges and processing fees levied by the lending library.
If the lending library recalls material before the assigned due date, TRU Library will notify you about the new due date for your item. Items must be returned by the new specified due date.
$2/day per item
NOTE: TRU Library is borrowing material on your behalf. If the material is returned late, TRU Library may lose its borrowing privileges with the lending institutions for everyone else and you may lose your ILL borrowing privileges.
Log into Relais to make a request via our web pages: Institutional Login. NOTE: Contact the ILL Department for an institutional login and password.
Items available for loan:
Items available for copy/scan:
Items NOT available for loan:
Please submit via:
For Profit Libraries (i.e. Corporate Libraries)
Not for Profit Libraries - Canada (does not apply to BC public libraries or to libraries within the BC-ELN, COPPUL, OCUL, BCI, and CAUL-CBUA consortial networks)
Not for Profit Libraries - Outside Canada
Through the Library's memberships in COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) and CPSLD (Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors), TRU Library participates in a reciprocal borrowing program which allows current TRU faculty, staff, and students to borrow materials directly from all academic libraries that participate in the program.
If you are visiting a CPSLD library, you just need to present your valid TRU Campus ID card or proof of registration at TRU.
If you are visiting a COPPUL/CURBA library, you will need to obtain a COPPUL card from the TRU Library before you can borrow material from a CURBA library. This card serves as your introduction to other libraries. You will need to present your COPPUL Card and your TRU student card (or proof of registration/employment at TRU) at the Circulation Desk of the library you wish to use, and they will issue you a borrowing card for use at their library. The lending library may put some restrictions on what or how much you can borrow. Each lending library has their own policies. It is a good idea to telephone the other library that you wish to visit before going.
Currently enrolled TRU students and currently employed TRU staff and faculty whose TRU library accounts are in good standing.
Please contact the Reference Desk at your campus to check for eligibility and obtain a card. Students taking distance, regional, or open learning courses should contact TRU Library Distance, Regional & Open Learning (DROL) Library Services.
The library may issue you a library card or an account number. Each library has its own policies and procedures. It is a good idea to telephone the other library before going.
You can use the same COPPUL Card at each library that you visit.
No, the reciprocal loan program does not allow for remote access of another institution's licensed databases. It is up to the library you are visiting to determine if you can access the databases while you are visiting their campus.
You are responsible for all fines incurred at the library you are visiting. If your account at the TRU Library or another CURBA/CPSLD library becomes delinquent your reciprocal borrowing (i.e., CURBA) privileges will be suspended.
You can return the books directly to the CURBA/CPSLD library that you borrowed them from, or you can drop your books off at the TRU Library. Please make sure to give the TRU Library enough time to ship materials through Canada Post. For example, if your books are due on Saturday, please return them to the TRU Library by Monday, at the latest. TRU Library is not responsible for any fines incurred due to shipping delays, strikes, statutory holidays, etc.