Interlibrary Loan is a service available to Northwestern students, faculty and staff. This service locates materials available from lenders across the country. If you aren't able to find the physical items or articles you need from any of our 60+ partners in Library Search you can use the blank form available to tell us what you're looking for and we'll take it from there.
Start with searching Library Search thoroughly; then if you can't find it take the next step
If you're not feeling confident in how to tackle this - talk to us. We definitely want to help you get the materials you need as quickly as possible. Our librarians and student staff are willing to help you through the process.
Once you've placed a request here's what you can expect:
Delivery times vary depending on where the lending library is. Most local/regional items are available within a few days. Items coming from beyond MN partner libraries could take up to 10 days to arrive.
Regarding loan periods and renewals for all non-UNW materials:
Loan Periods and Renewals are established by the lending library. They set the loan time and they can choose to approve or reject a request for renewal.
All local users are welcome to use our locker service.
If you live within 20 miles of campus, we do ask that you come and pick up materials. Pick Up Required - Radius Map
Students outside that radius can ask for materials to be mailed.