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Not at UChicago?

If a book that you need is not available at the University of Chicago Library, use one of our three lending services.

Borrow Direct


Interlibrary Loan

Which should I use?

Borrow Direct

Borrow from the Ivies and MIT.

Requests take 4 days, keep for 12 weeks.

Borrow Direct Instructions


Borrow from the Big 10 schools.

Requests take 4 days, keep for 12 weeks.

UBorrow Instructions

Interlibrary Loan

Borrow from libraries worldwide.

Turnaround times and loan periods vary. Search WorldCat for items and click Find It! to place your request.

Interlibrary Loan Instructions


Finding Books Using the Library Catalog

To find books (including ebooks) available at the University of Chicago Library, begin with the Catalog. You can quickly access the Catalog from the front page of the Library's website.  Enter your search terms and select the type of search you would like to use.

Catalog quick search feature on the Library's website.

Additional features, including an advanced keyword search with limits by format and language, are available by using the full catalog interface.

The video below describes some of key search features of the new Catalog interface.

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