RACER and Interlibrary Loan Services

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If the book or journal you need is not in the shared library catalogue, don’t worry!

Registered faculty, students and staff of Western University and its Affiliated Colleges have access to almost any books, journal articles and more from around the world via RACER.

RACER allows you to search multiple library catalogues at once, and to place Interlibrary Loan requests.

Generally, there is no charge to you for Interlibrary Loan service.  If any charges do arise, a librarian will contact you prior to your order.

If it’s your first time using RACER, you will need to create an account. Click “First Time Users” and follow the instructions to register.

Use the default Advanced Search to find the item you are after.  For books, you’ll get the best results if you search for the book title in quotes, or the ISBN.  You can also search by Author, Publisher, and other details. For journals, you’ll get the best results if you search for the journal title in quotes, or the ISSN. However, you should not search for the article title or for abbreviate journal titles. 

If your search was unsuccessful, try searching other Profiles. The default profile searches Ontario Universities only. If you still cannot find your item in RACER, after changing the Profile, use the “Blank Request Form”. 

To order the book, journal article, or chapter from a book, click “Get it!”.  Details will automatically transfer to a request form. Select “Loan” to borrow an item.  Select “Copy” and include Part Details if you are after a copy of a journal article or book chapter, and not a loan of the complete item. 

The date you enter in the “Item not needed after” blank lets the library know how much time to spend searching for the item.

Including Special Instructions will slow down your request, so leave this empty unless it’s necessary to include additional details.

Be sure to select a Pickup Location. In most case, articles arrive electronically, however sometimes print copies are sent.

You will receive an email notification when your item is available for download or pick up.

Check the status of your requests by clicking “My Requests”.

RACER is also linked from the “Get it!” buttons in many of our bibliographic databases.  If you determine that the item you are after is not available from the library, click the “Get it!” button.  In the “Get it!” window, click the Interlibrary Loan “GO” button to automatically fill in a request form, login, and submit your request.

If you have further questions, check out the Interlibrary Loan FAQ page or contact the library.

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