Interlibrary borrowing

Stanford Libraries is networked with libraries around the world to obtain materials that are not available at Stanford for faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars. 

How to request an item from another library

1. Check Stanford's collections first- we might have it!

To avoid cancellation of your interlibrary borrowing request, please check if the item is already available to you:

2. If Stanford Libraries doesn't provide access, place an Interlibrary Borrowing Request.  

  • PDFs of articles and book chapters are delivered by email, usually within 3 days (varies by supplying library)
  • Books, mocrofilm and other media are delivered to Green Library by mail, usually within 10 days but varies (longer if from overseas).

3. Starting Fall 2017 | Search and Request through BorrowDirect

  • Search across the combined inventory of 13 Ivy Plus acadmic libraries, plus UC Berkeley, and place your requests for circulating books and media.
  • Most books will be delivered to the Green Circulation desk within 4 days and may take longer if you choose a different pickup library.
  • You will receive an email when the book is available for checkout.
  • BorrowDirect books are checked out on your Stanford Libraries account for 8 weeks and are eligible for one 8-week renewal only using My Account. If you need a BorrowDirect book longer, simply request another copy in BorrowDirect.
  • When possible, the requests that get filled by UC-Berkeley for Stanford faculty, graduate students and academic staff will be converted to a Direct from Berkeley (RLCP) request, which will provide a longer loan periods (usually 1 year). 


Researchers from the professional schools, please direct your ILB requests:

Stanford Business Library Services
Robert Crown Law Library Interlibrary Loan
Medical Library (Lane) DocXpress
SLAC Research Library Services