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Interlibrary Loan

Information about and instructions for using Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan is a free service that allows you to borrow items (books, articles, book chapters, DVDs, and more) from other libraries around the world if UT does not own the item.

How to Request Items

Instructions for Requesting Loans (Books)

If you request a book loan, we will try to borrow it from another library or purchase an ebook for the collection. If you only need a chapter or specific pages from a book, you can use the Article/Book Chapter form that you will see on the top menu once you are logged in to ILS. Here you can choose Article/Book Chapter, or AV.

First, check that UT libraries does not own the item. You can check the catalog and search for the title. If UT libraries owns the item, you can order it through the Pick it Up service offered when you are logged in in the record.

Click here to go to your loan request form

You will see the following request form.

Loan request form

Loan request form

Fill in as much information as possible. Be sure to pay attention to the advanced options as well. Including the ISBN or OCLC number will speed up your request. 

*NOTE*: Be sure to only include the numbers in the ISBN, not the letters "ISBN", as the letters interfere with the system's ability to read the numbers. For example, in the ISBN field, you could put "9780737724448" but do not put "ISBN: 9780737724448". 

Once you have filled out your information, click submit and your request will be sent.

Instructions for Requesting Articles or Book Chapters

You can also request articles and chapters from books. These items will be delivered electronically to your account as PDFs. Articles and book chapters are typically delivered quickly--within a couple of days (though this cannot be guaranteed). 

*NOTE*: You can only request three chapters per book. If you need more than three chapters, you will need to request the entire physical book using the loan form. We cannot scan entire books or borrow ebooks.

*NOTE*: You must make a separate request for each chapter you would like to borrow. You can borrow up to three chapters, but each chapter you request must be made in a new request form.


Click here to access the article and book chapter request form


You will see the request form below.


Image of the article request form


Fill in as much information as you can. Be sure to pay attention to the advanced options. Adding an ISSN or OCLC number speeds up your request. 

Below is an example of a common citation format with parts labeled. Not every citation will look like this. If you have questions about citations, please ask your subject librarian for help.

Diagram of an APA example citation with parts labeled.

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