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Distance Library Services Guide: Request Mailing of Library Resources

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Document Delivery

Distance Education students can check out books and other materials (excluding reference, curriculum resources, and archival materials) either in-person or by mail.

Students in Canada may request materials by mail through our online request form.

Articles from Tyndale's print journal collection may be requested. Library staff will scan and send them to you for free. If the article is available through the Tyndale library's electronic collections, then the library will not ship the article, but will let you know it is available online.

The library can also scan chapters from physical books, and email them to you. Under copyright regulations, you can request one chapter, or %10 of each book (whichever is more).

Request scans through LibAnswers.

For more assistance, contact the library via email ( or via telephone (416-226-6620 ext. 2131).

Delivery of Materials:

The Tyndale Library will mail your library books via Canada Post. The Tyndale Library will provide a return postage label and the return postage of the books for patrons within Canada. 

Loan Periods:

The loan period for library materials is 3 weeks (21 days). Library resources may be renewed four times via WorldCat so long as they have not been requested by another library patron.  

Course Reserves:

Course texts and materials on the reserve shelf are not available under this arrangement.

Fees for material delivery service:

  • $5.00 per book requested (includes return postage within Canada)

An invoice will be included with the shipment of materials. Payment can be made online.

Interlibrary Loan

Distance students may request books and/or articles that are not a part of the Tyndale Library collection through an interlibrary loan request. The best way to do this is to find the desired item in WorldCat and click on the "Request Item through Interlibrary loan" button within the WorldCat program. If you cannot find the item listed in WorldCat you may enter all of the required information using this form:

Distance Education students should expect to wait at least three weeks for their interlibrary loan documents to arrive in the mail.

Other option:  It may be faster and more convenient to request an interlibrary loan through your local public library.

Borrowing regulations:

  • Loan period for some materials may be shorter
  • The due date for all materials shipped is printed on a due date slip
  • Loan periods and renewals if available are determined by the lending library. The loan period is often just two weeks.
  • Some lending libraries may allow renewals for interlibrary loans. If you need material longer send an email to as soon as you realize you need the material longer. We will let you know if the lending library approves your request.
  • Materials will not be sent to any student with outstanding charges on their library account
  • Overdue notices are sent to your email account. The status of loans are reflected in each patron’s borrower's account in WorldCat, and should be checked regularly

Fees for Interlibrary Loans:

  • $5.00 per book requested
  • $2.00 for each article obtained through interlibrary loan service

An invoice will be included with the shipment of materials. Payment is required with the return of materials.