Interlibrary Loan Services

Interlibrary loan services are available for current University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff (including Hospital staff).

Interlibrary loan services allows users to request articles, book chapters, books, and other media from BorrowDirect, UBorrow, and libraries throughout the world, as well as scans of articles and book chapters from UChicago Library's general collections via Scan & Deliver.

Request Articles & Chapters

Get it scanned from our collections within 4 business days via Scan & Deliver. Not in our collections? Get it from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan (delivery times and loan periods vary).  See How to Use Scan & Deliver for more information.


Request Books & Other Media

Not available at the University of Chicago Library?

Get it in about 4 business days and keep it for 12 weeks from BorrowDirect or UBorrow libraries. You can also get it from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan (delivery times and loan periods vary). See How to Use Interlibrary Loan for more information.


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Other Borrowers

Proxy Borrowers

Proxy borrowers for faculty are also eligible for interlibrary loan services, but faculty need to request that accounts be set up for their proxies.

Once accounts have been created, proxy borrowers can make requests through the standard login page using specially-created credentials.

Institutions outside of the University of Chicago

If your institution does not use OCLC, DOCLINE, or another ILL system, you can request items from ILL for a fee. Please read our Lending policies and fees on the Interlibrary Loan department page.

Video Tutorial: Find & Request Material From Other Libraries