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UBorrow is a partnership ILL service of Northwestern University Library and several other research libaries for the expedited request and delivery of physical items (e.g., books) that allows you to:

Search and browse a database of 14 combined research library and collection holdings

  • Discover whether or not a book is currently available for borrowing at Northwestern or from other participating institutions since circulation status is current for all libaries
  • Place a request through your ILL account that goes directly to another insitution without needing to be processed by local staff which may slow down requests
  • Expect faster and more reliable turnaround time to get the needed resource
  • Receive longer, predictable loan period of 12 weeks (with the option of a 4-week renewal) for physical book loans. DVDs and other special-format materials will still relatively brief loan periods.



Participating institutions are: 

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • Northwestern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Center for Research Libraries

Please give UBorrow a try.

We hope you will find that the service is a great fit for many of your ILL needs!