Interlibrary loans

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

Books 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. 

Scanned articles and book chapters will be forwarded via email to requestors.


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 (604.528.5599). Please isend as much information as possible:

  • Books and book chapters: 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 are only for classroom use. Requests must be made by the instructor.

How long will it take to receive?

Books: The average wait time is 7-10 working days.

Articles (including newspapers) and book chapters: The average wait time is 1-3 working days.

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

How long can I keep items?

Books: 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 (604.528.5599) to request a renewal.  Loans are subject to recall by the supplying library. 

Articles/Book chapters: These are yours to keep. Material provided through Interlibrary Loan is provided solely for your research or private study.

Please note: For those at a distance, requesting an ILL (in book format) through your local public library is 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 February 1, 2019