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Interlibrary borrowing

We can help you borrow books, articles, or other materials that Stanford does not have (so be sure to check SearchWorks or consult with a librarian first!). Check to make sure that you're eligible to use interlibrary services and that the materials are eligible to be borrowed.

During winter closure, December 20, 2014-January 4, 2015, patrons can submit Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) requests. Processing requests and renewals, submitted during the closure, will begin on Monday, January 5, 2015. (Please review RLCP pages for separate winter closure information.)

Please do not return materials loaned by non-Stanford libraries to campus bookdrops. Return materials to the Green Circulation Desk. Request a return receipt. Beginning on Monday, January 5, 2015, materials returned during the closure will be shipped to the various lending libraries.

Stanford RLCP and Interlibrary Services wishes everyone a restful winter break.

How long does it take?

It usually takes about two weeks to receive an item you request through Interlibrary Borrowing. If the item happens to be readily available in a library with which Stanford has a special resource-sharing arrangement, it may arrive sooner. Some materials may be harder to obtain and may take longer.

If you are eligible to use RLCP (faculty, graduate students, and academic staff only), then borrowing directly from UC Berkeley is the fastest option. If you prefer, you can even visit UC Berkeley (or the other UC campus libraries) and check out materials yourself.