Interlibrary borrowing

Stanford Libraries is networked with libraries around the world to obtain materials that are not available at Stanford for faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars. Interlibrary borrowing requests must support teaching, learning, research, or other University-related work.

How to request an item from another library

1. Check Stanford Libraries collections first- we might have it!

To avoid cancellation of your interlibrary borrowing request, please check if the item is already available:

2. If Stanford doesn't provide access, place an Interlibrary Borrowing Request.  

  • PDFs of articles and book chapters are delivered by email, usually within 7 days (varies greatly by supplying library).
  • Books, microfilm and other media are delivered to Green Library by mail, usually within 10 days but varies (longer if from overseas).

3. Starting Fall 2017 | Search and Request through BorrowDirect

  • Search across the combined inventory (60 million items) of 13 Ivy Plus academic libraries, plus UC Berkeley, and place your requests for circulating books and media.
  • Most books will be delivered to the Green circulation desk within 4 days and may take longer if you choose a different pickup library.
  • You will receive an email when the book is available.
  • BorrowDirect books are checked out on your Stanford Libraries account for 8 weeks and are eligible for one 8-week renewal only using My Account. If you need a BorrowDirect book longer, simply request another copy in BorrowDirect.
  • The requests filled by UC-Berkeley for Stanford faculty, graduate students and academic staff will be converted to a Direct from Berkeley (RLCP) request and may provide a longer loan period.
  • Learn more about BorrowDirect access to the 12 other IvyPlus libraries and circulating collections.
Business, Law, Medical and SLAC researchers are served by their affiliated library:

Stanford Business Library Services 
Robert Crown Law Library Interlibrary Loan
Lane Medical Library DocXpress
SLAC Research Library Services

Contact us:

Phone: (650) 725-1278
Mail: Green Library East, Room 161, One Crothers Way, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

For other libraries wanting to borrow from Stanford Libraries, please see Interlibrary Lending