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As LBNL employees, you have two options for obtaining materials from non-UC/LBNL libraries.  This is InterLibrary Loan or ILL.

  • The first is to send your requests to the LBNL Library via [email protected]or by submitting a Help Request.  We process request daily to get you your materials as quickly as we can.  If the material is print or other non-electronic,

Pick up and Return

We will contact you as soon as it is available for pickup.  

To return an item, you can drop it off at the LBNL Library or any UCB Library.

Delivery Timeframe

Lender availability and processing time can impact the delivery timeframe for all types of requests.

  • Scans (articles, chapters, etc.) will typically arrive within a few days to your email on file.

  • Loans (books, maps, theses, etc.) available from another UC campus will typically arrive within three to five business days. Loans obtained from outside of the UC system will take longer due to shipping times.

Loan Periods

The loan period is set by the lending institution.  .

Overdue material -  If you don’t return your books after the reminder notices, you you be billed the full replacement cost of the item and any additional fees

Renewals -Either you can contact the LBNL Library at [email protected] or inform us when we contact you to let you know that your item is coming due to be returned to the lending library. 


  • The second method is to us the UC-Berkeley ILL department to obtain your materials.

How to request a loan from a non-UC Berkeley library

  • Search UC Library Search for the item needed. If it is not available or not owned, use the "Request from Interlibrary Loan" button on an item record page to access the request form.
  • If you cannot locate the material needed in UC Library Search, use the blank ILL Request form in UC Library Search to place your request. 
  • In person - Visit Interlibrary Services at 133 Doe Library where the staff can assist you with your request.

How to request an article or part of a book from a non-UC Berkeley library

Most scans of articles/book chapters are filled digitally and sent directly to your email on file.

  • Search UC Library Search for the item needed. If it is not available or not owned, use the "Request from Interlibrary Loan" button on an item record page to access the request form.
  • If you cannot locate the material needed in UC Library Search, use the blank ILL Request form in UC Library Search to place your request. 
  • In person - Visit Interlibrary Services at 133 Doe Library where the staff can assist you with your request. 

View Interlibrary Borrowing Requests

Use UC Library Search to view the status of all your pending requests and see current checkouts. Loans from other UC campuses will be visible on separate tabs for each campus, while loans from UC Berkeley and non-UC ILL loans will display within the UC Berkeley tab. You can also cancel pending requests or renew loans from other UC campuses.

  • Sign in with your CalNet login to view your library account.

Use My ILL to view the status of pending non-UC requests, request a renewal of a non-UC loan, or cancel requests.

  • Sign in with your Library card/Cal 1 Card number or your UC Path number. Under Home Campus select “UCB.”
  • Once logged in, check the Show Everything box to view your inventory of IBS requests.

Pick up and Return

You can pick up and return Interlibrary Borrowing material to any campus/LBNL library circulation desk except the Law Library. You select the pickup location when you submit the request.

Please note: If a lender restricts the material to Library Use Only, you will receive an email with the location where you can view the material (Bancroft Library, Newspaper & Microform Library, Media Resource Center, or Morrison Library).

More information on pick ups and returns.

Delivery Timeframe

Lender availability and processing time can impact the delivery timeframe for all types of requests.

  • Scans (articles, chapters, etc.) will typically arrive within a few days to your email on file.

  • Loans (books, scores, maps, theses, etc.) available from another UC campus will typically arrive within three to five business days. Loans obtained from outside of the UC system will take longer due to shipping times.

Loan Periods

The loan period is set by the lending institution. Most items borrowed from another UC will be loaned for 90 days, with the option to renew in UC Library Search for up to one year checkout. Items borrowed from non-UC institutions can have loan periods ranging from one week to six months. Always check your library account in UC Library Search, not your My ILL, for your correct due date.

Overdue material -  If you don’t return your books after the reminder notices, your library account will be blocked and you will be billed the full replacement cost of the item and any additional fees

Renewals - For loans from other UC campuses, you can renew items automatically through your library account when logged in to UC Library Search. For loans from non-UC institutions, use My ILL to request a renewal at least one week before your due date in UC Library Search. We need to contact the lender, and will get back to you by email within 2 days. If you need more time, we will try to accomodate you.


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