Bobst Library lends materials and provides copies of articles and book chapters (library-to-library only) through a variety of international networks (see below).
Place a Request
To place a request, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL). To request an item from NYU’s ILL, first create an account in NYU’s online ILL system. You will use this account to place and track requests. Requests must be submitted through OCLC or the ILL Request System. We cannot accept telephone requests.
Reset your Password
If you know your username, you may reset your password from the ILL Request System. If you need help with your username, contact us during normal business hours. Please do not create another account, as it will delay the processing of your requests.
For members of RLG SHARES: standard SHARES charges ($10.00 IFM for copies, $10.00 for domestic loans, $30.00 for overseas loans)
For members of METRO: Free copies for members of METRO Free Copy Interchange; for non-members $15.00 IFM or $15.00 by invoice. Loans $15.00 IFM or $15.00 by invoice
For North American libraries and non-profits paying with OCLC’s IFM System: $15.00 IFM per transaction (copy or loan)
For overseas libraries and non-profits paying with OCLC’s IFM System: $20.00 IFM per transaction
For North American libraries and non-profits requiring an invoice: $25.00 per transaction
For overseas libraries and non-profits requiring an invoice: $30.00 per transaction, payable in US funds
For Canadian libraries and non-profits paying with IFLA vouchers: Copies- 1 full IFLA voucher, Loans- 2 full IFLA vouchers; an additional 3 full IFLA vouchers for rush service
For overseas libraries and non-profits paying with IFLA vouchers: Copies- 1.5 IFLA vouchers, Loans- 3 full IFLA vouchers; an additional 5 IFLA vouchers for rush service
For for-profit institutions, both domestic and international: $30.00 for copies, $50.00 for loans, payable in US funds
Rush service on any request is $100.00, payable in IFM or by invoice. Alternatively, rush service can be paid with IFLA vouchers by certain institutions (see above).
We generally send material to the requesting library within 24 hours of receiving the request. Items not housed within the Bobst Library general collection may take longer. Please check our BobCat catalog for current availability of items.
We ship domestically via UPS, and request that our materials are returned by a shipping service that offers package tracking. For international shipments we use Priority Mail from the US Postal Service.
Please return materials by any method which allows for package tracking. Materials should be shipped to:
New York University
Bobst Library Interlibrary Loan
70 Washington Square South
Lower Level 2
New York, NY 10012
The following types of materials are available through ILL:
Dissertations (bound copies only)
Photocopies of journal articles
Newspapers on microfilm (5 reels per request)
The Bobst Library ILL staff has the authority to determine, on a case-by-case basis, items which are not suitable for ILL. These decisions are generally based on an item’s physical condition. Bobst Library does not loan complete periodical issues, reference books, rare items, audio/visual material, and some current year imprints on ILL. Exceptions to this policy are made for participants in the RLG SHARES program.