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Current students, faculty, staff, retirees.*

What we can do for you

  • Scan and provide PDF copies of print journal articles owned by the UW Libraries - free of charge.*
  • Borrow articles, books, and other documents held at other libraries - free of charge.*
  • Deliver materials to your UW library of choice - free of charge.* If you are faculty or staff, we can also deliver borrowed materials to your office.
  • Mail books to your home or any address for a fee.

How long does it take?

  • Most articles can be downloaded within 24 hours to 4 days.
  • Most books or other materials borrowed from other libraries are available for pick up within 9-14 days.

More information

  • Fees and Services Page for UW patrons
  • Want to request materials as a proxy borrower? Click here for more information.
  • Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about our policies, copyright guidelines, and information about your ILL account.
  • Requests are for UW-related research only. If your request is not related to UW coursework or research, please see your public library.

*Services for Cascadia patrons are fee-based. Law patrons should place ILL requests through the Gallagher Law Library.



Businesses, Individuals, UW Alumni, UW donors.

What we can do for you

  • Provide PDF copies of material owned by the UW Libraries for a fee.
  • Provide PDF copies of material not owned by the UW Libraries for a fee.
  • Mail books owned by the UW to your home or any address for a fee.
  • We cannot borrow books from other libraries for you.

How long does it take?

  • Most articles can be downloaded within 24 hours to 4 days.
  • Most books are mailed within 1-3 days.

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    Other Libraries

    Other Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Government Agencies.

    To request materials from the University of Washington Libraries


    More information...

    New Process for Summit Items

    On January 20, 2015, the newest version of Summit software was launched by the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries in our region. Subsequently, we have discovered a number of problems and are experiencing a high failure rate on Summit borrowing requests. We are working hard to address these problems, but in the meantime please contact library staff with any concerns or questions stemming from your use of Summit. Learn more.

    Let us scan that for you!

    Desktop Article Delivery: Journal articles from the UW Libraries print collection and from other libraries now delivered to your desktop at no charge. This service is available for current UW students, faculty and staff only. Learn more.

    PubMed Searchers

    Did you know you can order articles directly from PubMed? Try Loansome Doc - a streamlined requesting system allowing both UW and non-UW users to order copies of articles after searching for citations in PubMed.

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    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17. United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy/reproduction is not to be "USED FOR ANY PURPOSES OTHER THAN PRIVATE STUDY, SCHOLARSHIP, or RESEARCH." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes IN EXCESS of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.