Interlibrary loan

Borrow from other libraries

Need to request print or electronic materials that aren't available at Rutgers? You can use interlibrary loan (ILL).

After you place your request, 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.

Not sure how to get started? Follow this guide for step-by-step instructions.

Start with QuickSearch

The quickest way to have an item delivered to you is to find it in QuickSearch. If an item in QuickSearch 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. View steps on how to borrow request a scan of articles or book chapters on Request a Scan or Digital Copy

Sign in to QuickSearch

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Not there? Try one of these options...

Search via EZBorrow

For the fastest turnaround times from our nearby lending partners.

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. Books requested through this service are typically available quickly due to geographic location. You may be prompted to sign in at point of request if you have not signed in prior to view all your request options.

Search EZBorrow

Request via UBorrow

Cast a wider net but with a slightly longer turnaround time.

UBorrow represents the collections of the Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries. Books usually arrive within 7 days, with a 16 week loan period. Please note items requested through this service typically take around 7 days due to the geographic locations of Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries. 

Log in to UBorrow

Still Stuck? Use ILLiad!

A worldwide search for the hardest-to-locate items.

If the item you desire is not available in any of the above services, try searching and requesting via ILLiad. Please note that turnaround time varies depending on geographic location.

You can also log into ILLiad directly and complete a request form (first-time users will need to register).

Log in to ILLiad with your NetID

Log in to ILLiad with a Barcode

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.

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Read our detailed policies related to lending and eligibility. Please contact us with any questions.

We also lend books and articles to other institutions.