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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which library users can obtain materials (books, articles, and more) from other libraries.

Who’s Eligible

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

  • Digital-only materials

  • 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 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 you can use the item on-site.

Make a Request

You can submit an ILL request from the item page in BobCat or directly through ILL.

For books, check E-ZBorrow first for quick delivery and a 12-week loan period.

Check the Status of Your Request

Go to ILL and view “recent history.”

You will be notified via e-mail when the item has been received and where it can be picked up.

Request Limits

  • 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.

Loan Periods

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 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.

Overdue Items

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.