Interlibrary loans

Eligible borrowers can obtain library materials not owned by JIBC Library using our interlibrary loan service (ILL).

ILL material will be mailed to those who are unable to come to the New Westminster Campus. All others need to pick up items at the JIBC New Westminster campus. 


Loans and copies from other institutions are available to:

  • JIBC faculty and staff
  • JIBC students registered in JIBC Certificate, Diploma, or Degree Programs
  • Borrowers who belong to one of the following groups in BC

How to make a request

You can request the item in person or contact Michael Caparas (604.528.5598) and include the below information.  It is beneficial to send us as much information as possible to assist us in locating the correct publication.

  • Books:  Title, author, publisher, and date of publication.
  • Journal or newspaper articles:  Article title, author, journal/newspaper title, volume/issue numbers, date, and page numbers.
  • DVDs:  Title, producer/distributor, and year.  DVD requests made by a student must be directed to the JIBC Library through their instructor.

How long will it take to receive my interlibrary loan/copy?

The average waiting time is 7-10 working days.

Overseas loans can take up to 8 weeks.

Delivery times cannot be guaranteed as they are dependent upon a number of factors outside the library's control.  These include location of the supplier, availability of the material and the time spent in transit. 

How long can I keep items on interlibrary loan?

The time frame varies according to the institution but is generally between 2 to 8 weeks.  On the cover of the book or DVD, a date due slip will be attached.  Please return the item by this date, so that we can mail it back to the lending library (if the item was mailed to you, return it in the pre-paid mailing envelope). 

Should you require the material for a longer period, please contact Rob Hooft (604.528.5598) to request a renewal.  Loans are subject to recall by the supplying library. Copied articles and book chapters are yours to keep.

Please note: For those at a distance, requesting an ILL (in book format) through your local public library may be a better option.  This will ensure that you get the material directly from your local library which gives you a longer borrowing period as we no longer have to incorporate the shipping time into the due date provided to us by the lending library.


There is no direct charge to the borrower for this service for the first 15 items borrowed per year. The Library will absorb the initial charges.  Once this number has been reached, a charge of $10.00 per item requested will be levied.  The borrower is financially responsible for any costs incurred, through loss or damage of the borrowed material.

Last updated January 18, 2019