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Use UBorrow to search for and request books directly from 15 major research libraries.

Using UBorrow in 3 Easy Steps

1. In the UBorrow catalog, find the item you want to borrow.

2. Click on the "Request" link within the record.

3. Authenticate with your CNet ID and password to complete the request.

UBorrow Tips

Check Request Status

Though UBorrow is a separate service, log in to Interlibrary Loan to check the status of your UBorrow requests.

Pick-up Locations

You will receive an email notification when your requests are available for pick-up.

Requests are sent to the delivery location you designated in your Interlibrary Loan account: Regenstein Library, Crerar Science Library, or D'Angelo Law Library.

To change your preferred delivery location, log in to Interlibrary Loan and click to "Change User Information" in the bottom left.


  1. Log in to Interlibrary Loan.
  2. View your checked out items and click on the transaction number of the item you wish to renew.
  3. Click "Request Renewal."

Unable to Request via UBorrow

Available at the UChicago Library

The message "Available at the UChicago Library" means that a UBorrow request is not necessary because a copy is available at the University of Chicago Library. Use the location and call number displayed in UBorrow to retrieve it from the University of Chicago Library.

Unavailable via UBorrow

The message "Unavailable via UBorrow" means that neither the University of Chicago Library nor any other UBorrow library has an available copy. Request the item via Interlibrary Loan directly from the UBorrow search results screen or by searching Borrow Direct.

4 Ways to Use UBorrow

• Place requests via the Library Catalog (instructions).

• Search the UBorrow catalog directly (instructions).

• Use the UBorrow search on the Library homepage.

• Click the FindIt! button within Library resources like WorldCat and select UBorrow.

How To Request in the Library Catalog

1. In the Library Catalog, search for the book you need.

2. If it is checked out, click on the UBorrow link and complete the request form.

 UBorrow in the Library Catalog

How To Search the UBorrow Catalog

1. Go to the UBorrow catalog.

2. Enter your search term(s) in the search box (Simple Search), or use Advanced Search to:

  • Search by author, title, subject, keyword, or ISBN
  • Combine multiple search types, e.g. author and title
  • Limit your search to "all of these words," "any of these words," or "this phrase"

3. Click a specific title from the search results to view details and availability.

It may take a moment for UBorrow to determine the availability of the item at all participating libraries. You may need to scroll down the page to view availability and the "Request" link.

Request link in UBorrow

5. Click the "Request" link to log in with your CNetID (if you have not already). Once you are logged in, the request form will display.

Though UBorrow is a separate service, UBorrow requests appear in the Interlibrary Loan request form.

6. Many form fields will be filled in automatically. Complete any other required fields.

7. Click "Submit Request" at the bottom of the page to complete the request.

You will receive an email when your item is available for pickup.

Library Delivery Services

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