About interlibrary loan

If we don't have the material you need, we can borrow it from another library. This is free for UA students, faculty, staff and designated campus colleagues (including affiliates, affiliate partners, associates, and associate partners).

Go to your account to submit and view requests.

What items can I request?

Request items that support your UA academic, teaching and research needs. This includes material we don't own as well as material checked out, for library use only, or not in your preferred format (e.g. you can request a print book if we have the ebook).

Item: Typically available in:
Books 5-10 days
Articles 2-3 days
Book chapters
(up to 10 percent of book)
2-3 days
Standards 2-3 days
Theses and dissertations 7-10 days
Media items
(films, music, and audio recordings)
7-10 days

Other physical items
(technical reports, microform)

7-10 days
Class textbooks Not available

Items for non-University needs can be requested from the Pima County Public Library.

How do I access the requested item?

Article and book chapter requests are sent to your email with a link to a PDF document.

For books and other physical items, go to your account and choose a pickup location. Options include:

  • Main Library (Ask Us desk, 1st floor)
  • Health Sciences Library - Tucson (Ask Us desk)
  • Home delivery - Available to UA faculty, staff, and students residing more than 30 miles from the University (enter mailing address and phone number for delivery).

Certain items restricted by the lending library can only be viewed in Special Collections. The email notice will say: “Library Use Only in Main Library Special Collections."

We can mail interlibrary loan items at no charge to UA faculty, staff, and students who reside more than 30 miles outside of Tucson. This includes those at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and UA South. Interlibrary loan items cannot be sent outside the United States.

How long do I have to pick up my item?

Books and loaned materials are available for pickup until the due date stated in your email notice.

How long can items be used?

Articles and book chapters: Available online through your account for 30 days.

Books and loaned materials: The due date is in your email pickup notice and on the cover sheet attached to the item. You can also view the due date in your account. Due dates are set by the lending library.

Can I renew an item?

When you pick up a book or other loaned item, the cover sheet will indicate if it can be renewed. Plan to request a renewal at least 10 days before the item is due.

  1. View your checked out items.
  2. Select the Transaction Number for the item you want renewed.
  3. Select Renew Request.

We'll notify you by email if the renewal was approved or denied.

Until you receive a reply, you are responsible for returning the item by the due date on the cover sheet. Contact us if it is the due date and you have not received a response.

Where do I return items?

Return items back to your preferred location (Main Library Ask Us desk or Health Sciences Ask Us desk).

Distance users should email us to request a return shipping label to return materials at no charge.

What if my item is overdue?

Overdue items incur late charges. Please return the item as soon as possible to minimize fees.

If your item is more than 10 days past due, you will be billed a $140 replacement fee. This fee is waived once you return the item undamaged, but a non-refundable $25 billing fee will remain.

Lost, Damaged, and Late Library Materials.

Contact us

Contact us by email
By phone: (520) 621-6438

Office hours:
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Saturdays: closed
Sundays: 11am-5pm