Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which library users can obtain materials (books, articles, and more) from other libraries.
NYU faculty, students, and staff are eligible, as well as New School faculty and students.
What We Borrow
Materials not available at NYU or Consortium Libraries. If you can’t access needed resources through our Libraries, we will do our best to get it for you through ILL.
You Can’t Request
Items available for checkout at Bobst, Courant, or Consortium libraries
Items available for download through your institution (NYU, New School, etc.)
In a Rush?
Request just the chapter you need instead of the entire book. There is a one-chapter limit.
Use E-ZBorrow to request books. Most arrive in 3 to 5 days.
Check WorldCat (opens in a new window) to see if a local library has the item. If a library is a member of the Metropolitan Library Council (METRO), you can request a METRO referral card from any reference desk. If a library is a member of the SHARES consortium, (opens in a new window) you can use the item on-site.
Make a Request
You can submit an ILL request from the item page in BobCat (opens in a new window) or directly through ILL. (opens in a new window) For books, check E-ZBorrow (opens in a new window) first for quick delivery and a 12-week loan period.
Check the Status of Your Request
Go to ILL (opens in a new window) and view “recent history.”
You will be notified via e-mail when the item has been received and where it can be picked up.
Faculty may submit an unlimited number of ILL requests.
Students and staff may submit up to 5 ILL requests per day.
Only 5 articles may be requested from a single journal title. Only 1 article may be requested from a single issue.
Only 1 chapter may be requested from a book.
The loan period for ILL materials can vary; you’ll be informed of the due date when your item arrives.
Print items are typically available for 3 to 4 weeks. Renewals are granted at the discretion of the library which lent the item to us. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a renewal and we will let you know if a renewal can be granted.
Audio/visual material loans are generally much shorter (usually 3 to 7 days). Audio/visual materials are generally not renewable.
Articles and book chapters delivered electronically are accessible for 15 days or 5 views, whichever comes first. You are encouraged to save or print your document before it disappears. Documents that expire or are deleted cannot be retrieved.
Users are charged $1.00 per day for each overdue ILL item. Items that are more than 20 days overdue will be declared “lost” and the cost of the items (plus a non-refundable $30.00 processing fee) will be charged to your account. The library which lent the item to NYU sets this price. In addition, library privileges may be suspended until all ILLs are returned.
If you feel a mistake has been made or a fine has been charged in error, please use the fines appeal form. (opens in a new window)