Interlibrary borrowing

Stanford is networked with libraries around the world to obtain materials that are not available at Stanford for faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars. Questions?


Need it now? Stanford probably has it!

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

  1. SearchWorks indicates if the book or source of the article/book chapter is available in our library stacks.
  2. Citation Linker is the best way to check for online access to a known article in our e-journal/e-books subscriptions or browse by e-journal title or subject.
  3. HathiTrust Digital Library offers online access to millions of titles; items digitized at academic and research libraries worldwide.
  4. Proquest Dissertation & Theses Global to download full-text dissertations and theses.


Article or book chapter PDF delivery

Fastest service - email delivery time varies by supplying library:


Whole book, microfilm, DVD or other media delivery

4-10 days (more if overseas) - postal delivery time varies by lending library:

  • Request book/media through Interlibrary Borrowing - we will locate the nearest copy, fastest delivery and longest loan period (up to 1 year for faculty, grad students & academic staff). You will get an email when the item is available to pick up.
  • Coming Fall 2017: Search and Request circulating books through BorrowDirect (BD). BorrowDirect provides a search across the combined inventory of 13 IvyPlus Libraries and UC-Berkeley. BD items have an absolute maximum loan period of 16 weeks; you will need to request another copy if you need the item longer. Requests that are placed in BD might be converted to a "Direct from Berkeley (RLCP)" supplied item for quicker access and/or longer loan periods for eligible users.


Researchers from the professional schools, please direct your requests:

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