About E-ZBorrow

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What is E-ZBorrow?

E-ZBorrow is the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) program for user-initiated and expedited book delivery. Rutgers students, faculty, and staff can search the combined collections of over 60 academic libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states and place requests for fast delivery of books that are not owned or are unavailable at Rutgers. Participating libraries include the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, Temple University, Penn State, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Who can use E-ZBorrow?

E-ZBorrow is available to current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff. Borrowers in affiliated programs who are eligible for interlibrary loan may also use E-ZBorrow. Students, faculty, and staff at off-campus locations and research stations are eligible but delivery is to libraries on campus only.

Arrival Time

Books usually arrive within 3-5 days. You will receive email notification when books arrive.

Loan Period

E-ZBorrow books have a 12 week loan period.


E-ZBorrow books will only be recalled when needed by the owning library for course reserve.

What can be borrowed?

You can request print books that are not owned by Rutgers or are unavailable because they are checked out, missing, on course reserve, or in a noncirculating collection at Rutgers. E-books and journal articles are not eligible.

Where do I find E-ZBorrow?

Go to the E-ZBorrow login page. A link to E-ZBorrow also appears if you are signed in to QuickSearch and the book is eligible for E-ZBorrow because Rutgers copies are unavailable. E-ZBorrow is your best option to request a book not owned or currently unavailable at Rutgers.

How to use E-ZBorrow

Connect to E-ZBorrow by entering your NetID and password on the E-ZBorrow login screen. If you are an affiliated borrower who is eligible for interlibrary loan, you may log in with your library barcode and password.

E-ZBorrow defaults to an advanced search screen. Advanced search supports phrase and Boolean searches.

Enter your search terms. The catalogs of all participating libraries are searched at the same time. Results display in order of relevance but can be changed on-the-fly to sort by title, newest, or oldest. Click on a title to view more details.

  • If a copy is available to request (Requestable), you will see the message "Click here to request this item from E-ZBorrow." Select a Rutgers pickup library from the drop down list, and add any notes that are relevant to your request, for example the specific volume of a multi-volume set. Click on Request and you will see a message confirming your request was submitted, including a request number prefixed with "RTG" for Rutgers. You will also receive a request confirmation in email.
  • If a book is available to check out at Rutgers (Available locally), you will see the message "This item is available locally." Click on "View in the RUL Library Catalog" to transfer to the Library Catalog and place a request for the Rutgers copy.
  • If no E-ZBorrow copies are available because they are all checked out or the title has been designated noncirculating by the owning library, you will see the message "Click here to place an ILL request in your institution's ILL system." Please do not place ILL requests for textbooks and e-books that you found in E-ZBorrow as these are not available through interlibrary loan. You can also search for the title in UBorrow and if it's available, place a direct request from a Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) library.
  • If all copies cannot be requested, and Rutgers owns a copy in a noncirculating collection, on course reserve, or as an electronic resource, you will be directed back to the Rutgers Library Catalog and our local copy's information. Even though it too may not be eligible to check out, you can view it online or use it on-site in a Rutgers library.
  • If you search for a title and do not locate it because it is not held by any E-ZBorrow library, try UBorrow, or follow the link "Click here to place an ILL request in your institution's ILL system" and place an interlibrary loan request for it.

How to renew E-ZBorrow books

Renew E-ZBorrow books in your Account for one additional six week loan period. The six week renewal takes effect on the day you make the renewal. Six weeks are not added to your original due date unless you wait to renew on that date. E-ZBorrow books cannot be renewed if they are not renewed within seven days from the initial due date.

How to cancel a request

If you wish to cancel an E-ZBorrow request, write to Ask a Librarian and include the RTG-request number.

Notification and Delivery

You will receive an email notice when your request has been placed. To view a list of your E-ZBorrow requests, log on to E-ZBorrow and select My Account in the upper right-hand corner.

You will receive another email notice when E-ZBorrow books arrive and are on hold for you at your pickup library; their availability will also be noted in your QuickSearch account.

Borrowing Conditions

The loan period for E-ZBorrow books is six weeks; one renewal is allowed for an additional six weeks. PALCI libraries have cooperatively agreed to this loan period. E-ZBorrow books will be held for 14 days and if not picked up will be returned to the lending library.

Replacement charges and processing fees for lost E-ZBorrow materials are assessed at $102 per item when they are seven days overdue. Borrowers with fines and/or replacement bills will have their library privileges suspended and holds placed on their library records. The university reserves the right to hold transcripts and diplomas if you do not pay your obligations. As a result of non-payment it will become necessary to forward delinquent accounts to a collection agency, which would incur an additional fee to you.

E-ZBorrow is based on reciprocal and cooperative agreements with other libraries. These partnerships were formed with the understanding that the individual borrower has the responsibility to treat borrowed materials as they would the property of their own library and to return them within established time frames in good condition. Failure to do so jeopardizes our ability to continue cooperative arrangements with these institutions in future.