Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a process where we borrow materials we don’t own from other libraries.
For books (including theses or manuscripts), book chapters, DVDs, or CDs, fill out this online form.
For articles, fill out this online form.
- Before submitting a request, please check our catalog to see if we own a book, DVD, or CD, and Journal Search to see if we have access to an article in a specific journal.
- This process can take up to a week (more or less, depending on the availability and format), so please plan ahead.
- This service is available for current UT faculty, staff, students, registered alumni, emeritus faculty and Friends of the Library.
- ILL is not available for currently assigned textbooks, and it is sometimes difficult to borrow audio/visual material, reference books, and whole issues of journals and magazines.
- We will email you when articles come in via Article Exchange (AE). AE is a service provided by OCLC, the organization that supports interlibrary loan throughout the world. This service allows for secure transmission of documents, regardless of size, through a link and password system, which also enhances copyright compliance in online ILL sharing.
- We will notify you via email when books are available for pick-up at our circulation desk. The loan period for books is determined by the lending library, which is normally 3 weeks. Please contact ILLBook@ut.edu, if you would like to request a renewal. Please note renewals are at the discretion of the lending institution.
- If there are any problems in locating the material (or there is a charge associated with borrowing, which is uncommon), we will contact you.
If you need any help with your research, please don’t hesitate to contact the reference desk (813) 253-3057