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​Requesting Library Materials

This guide will help you learn to request library materials from the UO Libraries and beyond.

Request items from libraries all over the world

Maybe there is something you found in a bibliography that no Summit libraries own. Maybe you were doing advanced research in WorldCat or the Center for Research Libraries catalog. Regardless of where you were looking, chances are you will need an item that the UO Libraries and our Summit partners do not own. In that case our Interlibrary Loan service is here to help.

Logging in to Your Interlibrary Loan Account

If you need an item that neither the UO Libraries nor Summit has our Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service is here to help. First make sure you have all of the citation information on the item that you can find (author, title, publisher, date published, and so on), then visit our ILL (Interlibrary Loan) link in the "Using the Libraries" dropdown menu at the top of the UO Libraries homepage.

Image of the UO Libraries homepage with the link to "ILL (Interlibrary Loan)" in the "Using the Libraries" dropdown menu highlighted


After clicking that link you will be asked to log in. The link you take to log in will depend on whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff member currently affiliated with the university, or if you are a member of the public.

An image of the "ILL (Interlibrary Loan)" webpage with the login links highlighted.


Upon clicking the appropriate link you will be prompted to log in. For UO affiliates you must provide your UO ID number (beginning with 95 on your ID card) and your DuckID (the first portion of your UO email address).

Interlibrary borrowing login page for UO students, faculty, and staff.

Provide the information as prompted and you will be logged into your interlibrary borrowing account.

Requesting Your Interlibrary Loan Items

Once you are logged in to the interlibrary loan service you will need to select the type of item you wish to request from the menu on the right-hand side of the page.

The main Interlibrary Loan webpage with the item type menu on the right-hand side highlighted.

Select "Article" if you are requesting an article from a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc. that the university does not have. Make sure to have the necessary identifying information (author, article title, journal/newspaper/magazine title, volume and issue numbers, date published, pages on which the article appears, etc.) ready and fill them in on the form.

The Article Request form in the UO Libraries Interlibrary Borrowing interface

Select "Book - Video - Audio - Microfilm" for any self-contained item, like a book, DVD, CD, etc., that you would like to request from another library. As with articles, be ready to provide necessary identifying information (author/creator, title, publisher, publication date, etc.) on the request form.

The UO Libraries Interlibrary Borrowing interface's "Book - Video - Audio - Microfilm Request" form.

Only items with a red asterisk * next to them are required, but additional information can help us to track down your item more quickly, so please let us know if you have that information! You can expect your articles to arrive in electronic form quickly, generally within a day or two, and you can expect your books to arrive within 10 days. You will be notified by email when your items are ready for you to download or pick up.