Interlibrary Lending Service to Other Institutions

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Northwestern University Library (INU) lends the following materials:

  • Books and bound journals
  • Theses and dissertations (if a second copy is available)
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • Government documents
  • Microforms
  • Technical reports
  • DVDs and videotapes
  • Maps
  • Scores

The following materials are available for photocopying/scanning:

  • Journal articles and book chapters
  • Newspaper articles
  • Reference materials
  • Excerpts from Special Collections items

The following materials are NOT available for loan:

  • Software
  • Sound recordings
  • Items from Special Collections
  • Reference Materials

How to Submit Requests

Use OCLC - Symbol INU

Send e-mail -

Fax: 847-491-5685

Interlibrary Loan
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2300

We do not accept telephone requests.

Fee Schedules

Loan services $15.00 per filled request
Photocopy/scanning services $15.00 per filled request

OCLC IFM billing is preferred. Invoices are issued with the loan/photocopy. All payments should be made in US currency. IFLA vouchers and international postal coupons are accepted. We do not accept cash or stamps in lieu of payment.

Fees are waived for members of CIC, ILLINET, and institutions with whom we have signed reciprocal agreements.


Loans are shipped via UPS or ILDS. FedEx delivery is available upon request at the borrower's expense. Please include your FedEx account number on the request form.

Copies are sent via Odyssey, Article Exchange, or mail.

Loan Period and Renewals

Most materials are loaned for a period of 6 weeks. Renewals are often granted for an additional 6 weeks upon request.

Contact Info

Northwestern is a member of CIC, Illinet, SHARES, OCLC and ARL.

For questions about our ILL policies, please call 847-491-7659, or e-mail