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Returning Materials

Books from Northwestern libraries as well as interlibrary loan books checked out through Northwestern may be returned at book drops outside of the University (Main) Library, Deering Library, and Mudd Library.

Returning books by mail

You may return books by mail to

Northwestern University Libraries
ATTN: Circulation
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Shipments within the United States

For shipments within the United States, get a prepaid UPS shipping label. Fill out the request form here.

Shipments from outside the United States

For shipments outside the U.S., please use a trackable mail service and save your receipts. Request reimbursement by completing the Visitor Expense Report Form and emailing it, along with your receipts, to

A sample form is provided to guide you.

Packing guidelines

  • Use a sturdy box.
  • Place heaviest books at the bottom of the box.
  • Fill empty spaces with packing paper so books can't move during transit.
  • Reinforce box seams with packing tape.


If you have any questions about shipping or reimbursements, please email