About UBorrow

What is UBorrow?

UBorrow is a service of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), which is comprised of the universities of the Big Ten Conference plus the University of Chicago. Rutgers students, faculty, and staff can search the combined collections of 14 research libraries and place UBorrow requests for fast delivery of books that are not owned or are unavailable at Rutgers. The following libraries participate in UBorrow: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Center for Research Libraries.

Who can use UBorrow?

UBorrow is available to current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff. Borrowers in affiliated programs who are eligible for interlibrary loan may also use UBorrow.

Arrival Time

Books usually arrive within 7 days. You will receive email notification when books are available at your pick up library.

Loan Periods and Renewals

UBorrow books have a 16 week loan period.


UBorrow 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. The loan periods and renewals of other formats vary by owning library. E-books and journal articles are not eligible.

Where to find UBorrow

You'll find UBorrow on the Libraries website. Look under "Find > Books" or "Services & Tools > Borrow/Request/Renew."

How to use UBorrow

UBorrow defaults to a simple search screen. If you wish to perform a more advanced search, click on Advanced Search. 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 "Request via UBorrow." Press the Request button and enter your NetID & password to log on to Rutgers' ILL and Article Delivery service. First time users will need to create an account profile. The book information carries over to the UBorrow Request form. If you're requesting a multivolume work, indicate the volumes needed. Click Submit Request.
  • If a book is available to check out at Rutgers (Available locally), you will see the message "This item is: Available at the RUTGERS Library." Link to QuickSearch and place a request for the Rutgers copy.
  • If no UBorrow 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 UBorrow as these are not available through interlibrary loan. If you haven't already, search for the title in E-ZBorrow and if it's available, place a direct request from a PALCI library.
  • If all copies can not be requested, and Rutgers owns a copy in a noncirculating collection, on course reserve, or as an electronic resource, you will see the message "This item is: Available at the RUTGERS Library." Link to QuickSearch 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 UBorrow library, try E-ZBorrow 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 UBorrow books

Renew UBorrow books in your QuickSearch account for one additional eight week loan period. The eight week renewal takes effect on the day you make the renewal. Eight weeks will not be added to your original due date unless you wait to renew on that date. UBorrow 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 a UBorrow request, log in to ILL and Article Delivery. Locate the request in your list of outstanding requests and click on its transaction number. Select the Cancel Request button at the top of the Transaction Information screen. Cancelled Requests are listed under View/Cancelled Requests.

Notification and Delivery

You will receive an email notice when your request has been placed. To view a list of your UBorrow requests, log in to ILL and Article Delivery.

You will receive another email notice when UBorrow 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 UBorrow books is eight weeks; one renewal is allowed for an additional eight weeks. Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) libraries have cooperatively agreed to this loan period. UBorrow books will be held for 14 days and if not picked up will be returned to the lending library.

When a UBorrow book is recalled, you will receive an email notice from the Rutgers University Libraries with a new 7 day due date. Rutgers recall fines will apply if a UBorrow book is not returned by its new due date. Borrowing privileges will be suspended if fines are owed or UBorrow books are overdue.

Replacement charges and processing fees for lost UBorrow 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.

UBorrow 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.