Borrow from Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)
You can use interlibrary loan (ILL) to request print or electronic materials that aren't available at Rutgers. You'll receive an email when your item is ready for pickup or available to download. Turnaround time and lending policies vary by institution.
This service is available to current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff; faculty emeriti; retirees; visiting scholars and students; RBHS volunteer faculty; and Rowan and CCC affiliates.
Request items using QuickSearch
If you find an item in QuickSearch that is unavailable, sign in to view your request options. Articles and book chapters are delivered electronically. All other materials can be picked up at your Rutgers library of choice or delivered to your home.
Request items via ILLiad
You can also log into ILLiad directly and complete a request form (first-time users will need to register).
Search and request items directly from our lending partners
If you submit a request via ILLiad, we'll attempt to fill it from the closest and fastest partner library. If you prefer, you may directly search what's available from two of our networks:
EZBorrow is the shared catalog of PALCI, a large network of regional academic and large public libraries. Turnaround time is fast (usually 3-5 business days) and the loan period is 12 weeks.
EZBorrow has migrated to a new platform! It's the same great service, with a new look and some helpful new features. Learn more about the new EZBorrow.
UBorrow represents the collections of the Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries. Books usually arrive within 7 days, with a 16 week loan period.
Looking for textbooks?
Unfortunately, we can't facilitate interlibrary loan requests for textbooks or other required course materials. Because they are generally used as course reserves at their respective institutions, these items are not eligible for loan to other libraries.
Students can purchase or rent textbooks through the Rutgers University Bookstore, while instructors can request that items be put on reserve or added to reading lists for their students. Instructors are also encouraged to work with the Libraries through our subject specialist librarians or Open and Affordable Textbooks Program to identify free or low-cost alternatives to their traditional course materials.
Read our detailed policies related to lending and eligibility. Please contact us with any questions.
We also lend books and articles to other institutions.