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 21, 2013-January 5, 2014, patrons may submit RLCP and ILB requests. Processing of requests submitted during the winter closure will begin on Monday, January 6, 2014.
Stanford patrons: Do not return materials loaned by non-Stanford libraries to campus bookdrops. Return materials to the Green Circulation Desk. Request a return receipt.
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:
- 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.