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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.

What can I borrow?

You can get most published materials through Interlibrary Borrowing. 

You cannot use Interlibrary Borrowing to request materials already owned by Stanford Libraries. This includes items that are:

  • Checked out (instead, submit a recall request in the SearchWorks record for that item)
  • Missing from the shelf (instead, request a missing item search at the Circulation Desk)
  • Items from Stanford's Libraries for delivery to you when you are away from campus

Materials generally not available through Interlibrary Borrowing include:

  • Textbooks
  • Entire issues of periodicals (due to copyright law)
  • Reference materials
  • Rare books
  • Books published before 1800



Interlibrary Borrowing can help you obtain materials that are unavailable at Stanford, provided they support the teaching, learning, research, or other University-related work of Stanford faculty, students, staff, or visiting scholars. For personal items, please use your public library.