ALERT: Interlibrary Loan Articles and Book Chapter Requests Accepted
Interlibrary Loan requests for articles and book chapters are being accepted, but there may be delays and/or limitations on what is available. Content published electronically is more likely to be obtained than scans from physical materials.
We are not currently able to borrow physical materials or complete ebooks.
ALERT: Overdue Fines Suspended
The Library is temporarily suspending all overdue fines until further notice, as part of our ongoing response to the coronavirus. All Library items, including Interlibrary Loan, reserve material, and recalled items will not be charged overdue fines when returned.
ALERT: Electronic Access and Suggest a Purchase
It is possible that the Library has access to an electronic version of the material you need.
The Library has created an online guide to expanded and upgraded online content. The HathiTrust collaborative collection of digitized books has also released additional online book content to UChicago users through the Emergency Temporary Access Program.
If you cannot locate an electronic version and urgently need the full text, please submit a purchase request and write “needed during closure” in the Additional Comments section.
Interlibrary Loan is available to current University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff.
With Interlibrary Loan, users can request otherwise unavailable articles, chapters, books, and other media from libraries around the world. We also provide scans of articles and chapters in the UChicago Library's general collections via Scan & Deliver.
See Interlibrary Loan FAQ for more details.
Sign in to your Interlibrary Loan account to monitor the status of your interlibrary loan requests or submit a manual request (requests submitted this way may take longer to process).
Request Articles and Chapters
Check Online First
Many articles and a large number of books are already available electronically through our subscriptions.
How do I find articles? can help you locate resources in journals, magazines, and newspapers.
How do I find ebooks? can help you with book chapters.
Available in Print but not Online
Is it not online? Get it scanned from our print collections within 4 business days via Scan & Deliver.
Not in Our Collections or Unavailable
Not in our collections, loaned, or otherwise not available? Get it from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan.
- Look for the Find It! link in databases and other sources, and click on "Request via Interlibrary Loan" on the next page.
- If you can't find it in a database, you can also complete a request form manually; this may take longer to process.
Request Books and Other Media
Submit your request to Interlibrary Loan, and we’ll get a copy as quickly as possible. Our automated system will determine the fastest and best way to get you the item, selecting among UBorrow, Borrow Direct, and libraries outside of our academic partnerships.
When possible, Interlibrary Loan will provide expedited delivery in roughly 4-5 days for items available from partner libraries at Big Ten Academic Alliance and Ivy Plus universities. Items will usually be obtained from other libraries, but local copies will still be recalled if needed material is not rapidly available via interlibrary loan.
- For items owned by the library but not currently available, look for the "Request via Interlibrary Loan” link in the Library Catalog to request a copy.
- Not found in the Library Catalog? Try searching WorldCat, then use the “Find It!” link and click "Request via Interlibrary Loan” on the next page.
- If you can't find a record in our catalog or WorldCat, you can also complete a request form manually; this may take longer to process.
In all cases, log in with your CNet ID and password to continue the request. Links from the Library Catalog or WorldCat will partially fill out the request form. Complete any other required fields or add any additional information before submitting the request. For manual requests, just choose the type of request you're making and fill out the form as completely as possible, with any additional information that might help us track the item down.
Lending to Law Firm Libraries
OCLC requests directed to either CGU or KEH (our CALL Union List symbol) will be fulfilled by Interlibrary Loan.
The D'Angelo Law Library occasionally handles interlibrary loan requests from Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) member institutions directly. Inquiries may be directed to lawILL@lib.uchicago.edu or to the D'Angelo Law Library Reference Desk at (773) 702-9631. The requester will be notified within two business days as to whether the item will be lent. The loan period is 30 days.
Lending requests will not be granted to individuals. Interlibrary loan services are only available to other libraries.