Request Materials Through Interlibrary Loan

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We recommend that you do not use an NU VPN client when trying to access the ILL system or the Library's electronic resources.

Use this system if you pick up or request ILL materials at the Main, Mudd, Schaffner, Pritzker, Galter, and Transportation libraries. This system is also for NU students enrolled in distance education programs, and students and faculty in the field for research or study abroad programs.

Use this system to make ILL requests, check the status of your requests, or to renew ILL materials. You can also use it to request scanned copies of articles held in print in Northwestern libraries.

Logon to your ILL account

Or create an ILL account

Searching and requesting through UBorrow, a program for borrowing books among the libraries of the CIC (Big 10 plus University of Chicago) may expedite requests. You can also request ILL through WorldCat and other library Electronic Resources.

Call (847) 491-7630 or e-mail for assistance.

ILL services are free to the user for current students, staff, faculty (current and emeriti), domestic partners of faculty and staff, and visiting scholars with valid Northwestern University NetIDs. We go to all reasonable lengths to obtain materials for users as quickly as possible and will pay associated fees to lending libraries. It takes an average of 7-10 days for loan materials to arrive. Journal articles/ book chapters are usually available more quickly.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.