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Interlibrary Loan--Lending Services to Outside Libraries

Bobst Library lends materials to libraries in all countries for a loan period of 4 weeks. All interlibrary loan transactions, including requests for photocopies, are conducted library to library.

How do I place a request?

To request an item from Bobst Library Interlibrary loan, first create an account in Bobst's online interlibrary loan system by selecting First Time User on the Bobst ILL log-in page. 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.

I've lost my ILL username or password. What should I do?

If you know your username, you may reset your password from the ILL Request Systemlog in page at anytime. If you need help with your username, contact Bobst ILL during normal business hours. Please do not create another account, as it will delay the processing of your requests.

How much does it cost?

For members of RLG SHARES: standard SHARES charges ($10IFM for copies, $10 for domestic loans, $30 for overseas loans).

For members of METRO: Free copies for members of METRO Free Copy Interchange; for non-members $15 IFM or $15 by invoice. Loans $15 IFM or $15 by invoice.

For North American libraries and non-profits paying with OCLC's IFM System: $15 IFM per transaction (copy or loan).

For overseas libraries and non-profits paying with OCLC's IFM System: $20 IFM per transaction

For North American libraries and non-profits requiring an invoice: $25 per transaction.

For overseas libraries and non-profits requiring an invoice: $30 per transaction, payable in U.S. 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 for copies, $50 for loans, payable in U.S. funds.

Rush service on any request is $100, payable in IFM or by invoice. Alternatively, rush service can be paid with IFLA vouchers by certain institutions (see above).

How long does it take?

We generally send material to the requesting library within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving the request. Items not housed within the Bobst general collection may take longer. Please check our BobCat catalog for current availability of items.

How will it be delivered?

We ship domestically via UPS, and request that our materials are returned by some similar shipping service that offers package tracking. For international shipments we use Priority Mail from the US Postal Service.

How should I return material to Bobst?

Please return material by any method which allows for package tracking. Please return to:

New York University
Bobst Library Interlibrary Loan
70 Washington Square South, Lower Level 2
New York, NY 10012

Material Loaned

The following types of materials are available through interlibrary loan:

  • Books
  • Dissertations (bound copy only)
  • Photocopies of Journal Articles
  • Newspapers on Microfilm (5 reels per request)

Bobst Library Interlibrary loan staff has the authority to determine, on a case by case basis, items which are not suitable for interlibrary loan. These decisions are generally based on an item's physical condition. Bobst does not loan complete periodical issues, reference books, rare items, audio-visual material and some current year imprints on interlibrary loan. Exceptions to this policy are made for participants in the RLG SHARES program.

Contact Information

Requests for loan cannot be submitted over the telephone. Bobst library requires a written request, submitted through OCLC or the ILL Request System.

  • OCLC: ZYU
  • Phone: 212-998-2511
  • Fax: 212-995-4071
  • Odyssey: 128.122.149.123
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Email the ILL Department
  • Mailing Address:
                New York University
                Bobst Library Interlibrary Loan
                70 Washington Square South, Lower Level 2
                New York, NY 10012
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