Borrow From Other Libraries

Borrow from Omni Partner Libraries

Brock University students, staff, and faculty can now use Omni to request shared physical resources quickly and easily from across all 18 Omni partner institutions, a collection of nearly 23.5 million resources.

You can pick up and return your items at any partner school. Example: As a Brock user, you request a book from Carleton but instead of using the James A. Gibson Library as your pickup location, you can select Queen’s.

Laptop - book - and backpack representing the process to log-in to your Omni account, request items from other libraries, and the ability to pick them up and return at any Omni library

Log-in and search Brock Library + Omni Libraries

Omni will scan across all 18 partner libraries for your item.

Request the item

In the resulting Omni record, click on the ‘Get it from another library’ link and complete the form.

Wait for your pickup notice

The lending library will inform you when the item is ready for pickup. You may need to check your junk mail folder.

Use the Interlibrary Loan Service

RACER, the Library’s Interlibrary Loan system, is still available for requested physical resources not available at any of the 18 Omni partners, as well as all electronic resource requests.

Brock alumni are also eligible to borrow books through interlibrary loan on a cost recovery basis. Community borrowers are eligible for interlibrary loan privileges for a fee of $50 per year plus cost recovery. Please refer to Community Borrowing fees.


Set up a RACER account

Check Status/ Cancel Request

See account activity

Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan

Two ways:

1. When you discover a book or article in Omni that isn’t available at Brock, choose ‘Check for available services’ to request the item. Choose ‘The library doesn’t have book? Request it via Interlibrary Loan’. The form will automatically add all the required information, just fill in your RACER user ID and password to submit the request.

2. If you already know the citation information for an item the library does have access to, you can go directly to the Article and Book request forms to fill in the form and submit your request.

The Library subsidizes the costs of obtaining research materials within Canada. Community and Alumni are charged on a cost recovery basis for books and microform materials.

The Library will subsidize $25 toward any U.S. or international requests for Brock faculty, graduate students, and staff.

Books, book chapters, journal articles, government publications, conference proceedings, reports, Canadian theses, and microfilm / microfiche can be requested through RACER.

We are unable to request entire journal issues, entire ebooks, audiovisual material, reference material, and maps through RACER.

Journal articles typically arrive within 1-3 business days. Books typically arrive within 3-5 business days, but may take longer depending on the lending library.

Your RACER User ID is your Brock ID number. Your password is one that you created when you registered for your RACER account.

Visit the Ask Us Desk or phone 905-688-5550 x4583 and staff will help you change your password.

Create a request in RACER using the ‘Blank Request Form’ on the left hand toolbar under ‘My Account.’

No, Interlibrary Loan staff will locate the material for you.

Articles and books that are available at James A. Gibson Library are typically cancelled. Items that are not available at a Canadian library are typically cancelled for undergraduates.

The due date appears on the book band. Please check the Library’s Borrowing Policies for overdue or lost interlibrary loan books.

Journal articles are yours to keep.


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