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What is Interlibrary Loan?

The UW-Madison Libraries consistently rank at the top among peer institutions with respect to supplementing local collections in order to meet the teaching and research needs of the UW-Madison community.

In order to provide for the needs of a vibrant research university, the Libraries have developed numerous strategic partnerships with peer institutions that enable us to acquire journal articles, books, and other materials on behalf of the our faculty, staff, and students.

How much does Interlibrary Loan cost?

While we are proud to offer article delivery and interlibrary loan services at no cost to our users, please note that the provision of these services is not without cost to the Libraries and the University. In fact, it is quite expensive. We ask that you request only those items that you plan to use directly in the course of your research, teaching, and study.

We are happy to provide for your research, teaching, and study needs, and will acquire the materials you need as quickly and efficiently as possible. By being judicious in making your requests, you can help to ensure that the Libraries are able to continue providing these services free of charge.