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ILL lending to external libraries

Some physical material in the McGill Library's collections is now available via ILL. Material contained in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service remains unavailable as it is not licensed for distribution via ILL.


There are 5 branch libraries at McGill University which do ILL lending to external institutions using OCLC's VDX system, called Colombo in Quebec.

McGill Library ILL Lending Prices (pdf)

BCI (formerly CREPUQ) - affiliated hospital libraries

ILL Lending policies of McGill branch libraries may be consulted at:
Symbols and Interlibrary Loan Policies in Canada

How to send ILL Lending requests to all McGill libraries

Libraries with ILL generic script messaging systems Transmit ILL requests to gsm_crepuqe [at]
Libraries with an ISO compliant system Please contact Colombo Admin to ensure the interoperability of your system with Colombo.
Libraries without an ILL Management system


May submit ILL requests *Important note:

If you do NOT yet have a Library and Archives Canada symbol


*Important note:

OCLC WorldShare Resource Sharing

(libraries outside Canada)

Send to LGG


    General ILL contacts

    Below are the ILL email addresses for each McGill branch library on the Colombo ILL system. Kindly DO NOT use the general ILL email address to send ILL requests.

    • Central Interlibrary Loan ( colombo-ill.library [at] (ILL Email) ) / phone 514-398-4731 includes:
      • Humanities & Social Sciences Library (HSSL)
      • Birks
      • Blackader-Lauterman Collection of Art & Architecture
      • Education Curriculum Resources Centre
      • Government Information
      • HSSL Storage
      • Marvin Duchow Music Library
      • Osler Library
      • Polish Institute
      • Rare Books & Special Collections
    • Islamic Studies Library colombo-ILL-islamic.library [at] (ILL Email) / phone 514-398-3662
    • Life Sciences Collection - SEE Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering
    • Macdonald Campus Library colombo-ILL-macdonald.library [at] (ILL Email) / phone 514-398-7881
    • Nahum Gelber Law Library colombo-ILL-law.library [at] (ILL Email) / phone 514-398-4715 x 00174
    • Osler Library - SEE Central Interlibrary Loan
    • Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering colombo-ILL-schulich.library [at] (ILL Email) / phone 514-398-3778 includes:
      • Life Sciences Collection
      • Schulich Library Storage (Currie Building)

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