Information for other libraries

Interlibrary Loans Lending Policy

This information is relevant for libraries wishing to borrow materials from Western Libraries and its Affiliated University College Libraries.

Libraries that want to place a request to borrow must follow this procedure.

Contact Information

IL Symbols

  • NUC Code: CaOLU
  • OCLC Code:UWO (enter symbol twice)
  • Docline Code: ONCWAB


Interlibrary Loans
Western Libraries, Western University
Loading Dock 46A
1151 Richmond St
London ON CAN N6A 3K7

Phone / Email

Western Interlibrary Loans Lending Policy


  • Maximum 6 week loan
  • All materials are subject to recall
  • $25 per filled transaction for all libraries
  • US and International Libraries must return material by trackable method
  • Exceptions:
    • those that have been exempted by established reciprocal agreements
    • United States $25 (US)
    • International $40 (US)
  • This fee covers the loan of one title with a maximum of four volumes of reels or microfilm
  • Not available for loan: audio-visual, kits, reference, reserve material, special collections


  • Volumes not available for loan but copies of articles will be supplied
  • $25 per request
  • Exceptions:
    • CISTI - $25
    • $5 charge applies for those that have been exempted by established reciprocal agreements
    • United States & International $25 (US) per filled transaction
    • No Charge for Canadian universities for those that have been exempted by esablished reciprocal aggreement


  • Will lend if a second copy is available
  • Western University theses and dissertations are available via Scholarship@Western

Copying Policy

  • Microfilming service is not available
  • Please note: some licensing agreements restrict the delivery of articles in electronic format
  • All photocopying will conform to the Copyright Act

Billing Information

Invoices are sent monthly. This includes public libraries and hospitals. CAUL, OCUL, CARL, BCI, and COPPUL members are invoiced semi-annually. Online payment is preferred for Canadian borrowers via Western Libraries' secure payment portal.IFM billing is preferred for U. S. and International OCLC customers. IFLA vouchers are accepted for U.S. and International customers. Cheques and money orders should be made payable to The University of Western Ontario, and mailed to:

Western Libraries Business Office
The D.B. Weldon Library
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London ON N6A 3K7

Special Notes

Please specify on your request form if special delivery is required. Loans sent in Canada by Canada Post are mailed at library rate. Access to some resources may be restricted and use of those resources reserved exclusively for the faculty, staff, and students of the University and its immediate affiliates.