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Requesting Books or Other Materials that are Not Available at Duke (Interlibrary Loan)

First check the Duke University Library catalog to determine the availability of the item in the Duke University Library system. If an item is unavailable, you may request it through the library's Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan service.

  • Renewing Interlibrary Loans: If you have an interlibrary loan book that is not currently due and/or overdue, you may renew it online. In your ILLiad account, click on “Checked out items,” select the transaction number of the item you wish to renew, and then click “Renew request” (in red at top of page). Currently due and/or overdue items must be renewed through the Document Delivery Office at

Requesting Books or Other Materials from the Library Service Center (LSC)

Materials held in the library's Library Service Center (LSC) can be requested directly through the online catalog. Look for the "Get This Title" link next to items listed at the LSC:



Guests can use the guest request form to request materials from the Library Service Center.

Requesting Books or Other Materials that are checked out

If a book or item that you would like is checked out, use the "Get This Title" link to request that the book be held for you. You will be prompted for your netid and password. Select "Request" next to the title of the book. You will be notified via email when the book becomes available to you.

  • Returning recalled items: If an item you have checked out is recalled, you will receive an email notifying you of the date you must return the item by. Patrons are guaranteed 14 days to use checked out items, after which an item may be recalled. In order not to incur fines, please return all recalled materials by the date specified in the email, and hand all recalled items to a staff member at the circulation desk in any library, rather than placing the item in the bookdrop.


Contact the circulation desk with any questions you might have about requesting materials from off-site.