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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a free service for current UT students, faculty and staff. UT-affiliated users can request books, articles, chapters and more from other libraries. Interlibrary loan is intended to fill the need for items that UT Libraries may not own or if current resources have been lost.

Request a loan of a physical item

Request an item not owned by UT Libraries. First, check the catalog to make sure we don't already own the item. If we don't own the item, click the link below, fill out the loan request form, and then submit.

Request item not owned by UT Libraries

Check the status of your request

We'll email you when your items are available. You can review the status of a request at any time by clicking the check status link below or logging into your Interlibrary Services account. If you have questions about your request, contact us.

Check status of a request

Who is eligible?

Current UT Austin students, faculty and staff as well as UT-Austin retirees. See Interlibrary Services for External Organizations and Individuals if you are not a current UT student, faculty or staff.


What can I physically borrow?

Books, conference proceedings, microfilm, AV materials, dissertations and theses.


  • Interlibrary Services will not borrow items owned by UT Austin, even if they are on reserve, in non-circulating collections or in use by another person. You can use the Pick It Up function in the UT Catalog to recall materials if they are checked out.
  • Some libraries will not lend certain types of materials, making them difficult to obtain on loan. Especially hard to borrow items include: software and electronic items, video games, audio-visual items, reference books, rare and fragile materials, bound journals and current textbooks, manuscripts and archival items, recent best-sellers and genealogy materials.


How long does it take?

An Interlibrary Loan request for a physical item normally takes around 5+ business days for you to receive your materials. Requests for articles or chapters are usually filled within 24-48 hours (depending on availability).


How much does it cost?

There is no charge for this service. However, overdue fees, recall fees and replacement costs for lost or damaged books apply.


How long can I keep this item?

The loan period is entirely dependent on the lending library’s due date. The loan period can range from one week to six months. Not all libraries grant renewals on interlibrary loan items.


Return an item

Interlibrary loan physical items can be returned to the circulation desk at any of the following libraries on the UT-Austin main campus: Architecture and Planning Library, Benson Latin American Collection, Classics Library, Collections Deposit Library, Fine Arts Library, Kuhne Physics, Math and Astronomy, Library Life Science Library, Perry-Castaneda Library, Walter Geology Library. Pickle Research Campus users can return items to the book drop at the Library Storage Facility or in the blue bags via UT Campus Mail.


Renew an item

Not all interlibrary loan physical items can be renewed. To find out if your item can be renewed, log in to your Interlibrary Services account and select Checked Out Items. From this list you will see which loan requests can be renewed. If you see the Renew button, select this option a few days before the due date for the longest available renewal. You may keep the item until you receive confirmation of the new date or a message stating that the item must be returned.

Only one renewal is allowed for borrowed material.


Overdue Items

Failure to return interlibrary loan items by the due date will result in your Interlibrary Services account being blocked. The next step for long overdue, lost or damaged items is a block on your UT Libraries circulation privileges and a financial bar placed with the UT Registrar. Please see our policies page for more information on overdue, lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials.

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