Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request if you need something that isn't available in the UO Libraries collection and we will try to get it for you. Articles and book chapters generally arrive within 24 hours in digital format. Books and other physical material generally arrive within five days.

UO students, faculty, and staff: Please see the Requesting at UO Libraries research guide for instructions on how to submit an ILL request. ILL is generally free for UO students, faculty, and staff (see policy below). 

Community borrowers, e.g., Oregon Card borrowers and Alumni Association Members: Please use the General Community ILL Request Form to submit a request. Please note that there is a minimum $15 fee per ILL request for general community users (see policy below). 

ILL Policy


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrows material from other libraries for use by UO students, faculty, and general community users, and is essential to the research and education mission of the University. The following policies help ensure prioritization of this service for UO students and faculty, and judicious use of this service in an environment with limited resources. 


  • UO Libraries subsidizes ILL borrowing fees for current UO faculty, students, and staff (up to $30 per request for students and staff, $60 per request for faculty). Costs greater than the subsidy are submitted to the requester for authorization before the request is filled. Costs higher than the subsidy will be charged to the borrower. 
  • UO Libraries does not subsidize ILL borrowing fees for members of the general community, e.g., Alumni Association members and Oregon Card borrowers. There is a $15 processing fee per submitted request, as well as any fees charged by the lending library. 
  • There is not a set limit to the number of ILL requests that can be submitted; however, we may not be able to process and/or subsidize a large number of transactions simultaneously from any one individual.
  • Interlibrary Loan is for educational, curricular, and scholarly research needs. Requests for recreational material will be cancelled. Please use the Popular Reading Collection or your local public library for recreational material.
  • Due dates for ILL material are set by the lending libraries and included in your pickup notification and in your LibrarySearch account.
  • All ILL-related notifications are sent via e-mail.
  • Most ILL material is renewable, but renewal requests must be approved by the lending library. Borrowers may request a renewal of material under My Loans in your LibrarySearch account. 
  • All ILL items are subject to recall by the lending library at any time, including during breaks between terms. If a borrowed item is recalled, an email notification with the new due date will be sent and borrowers will be expected to return the item by the new due date. 
  • Late, lost, and damaged ILL material is subject to fines and fees.

Copyright Statement

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 are authorized to create a photocopy or other reproduction of copyrighted material for its patrons or the patrons of other libraries. 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 patron submits a request for and later uses a photocopy or reproduction provided by a library for purposes in excess of fair use, they may be liable for copyright infringement. UO Libraries reserves the right to refuse to submit duplication requests to other libraries if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would result in a violation of copyright law.


Employees in Resource Sharing strive to ensure ILL requests comply with this policy and copyright statement and work directly with requesting patrons or cancel requests if there are questions or concerns about a request. 


If you have questions about this policy, please contact the Resource Sharing office at 541-346-3055 or


Last revised 12/20/2023