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Interlibrary Loan & Scanning Services

Interlibrary Loan continues to fill requests for electronic books, articles and book chapters. Any requests that cannot be filled with electronic resources will be requested from other libraries. Requests may take longer than normal. Some requests may be cancelled if another library is unable to fulfill the request.

User Services


Current students, faculty, staff, retirees.

Services for UW students, faculty, and staff

Services are restricted to UW-related research and coursework. Direct all other requests to your public library.


Other UW affiliates


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        Businesses, individuals, UW alumni, UW donors.

        Fee-based services

        • Provide scans of material owned by the UW or other libraries
        • Mail books owned by the UW to your home or another address

        How long does it take?

        • Most scans are available for download within 3 business days or less
        • Most books are mailed within 1-3 days

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          Other Libraries

          Other Libraries, archives, museums, and government agencies.

          Request materials from the University of Washington Libraries using

          • Resource sharing networks:

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          What is Summit?

          If you need an item that can’'t be supplied by UW Libraries it may be available through Summit.  Summit is a service used to request items from other libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance Consortium.  Summit libraries lend print items and some audio/visual materials to each other.  MORE >

          Loansome Doc & PubMed Users

          Beginning July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the Loansome Doc system. If you are a current UW student, employee or retiree, you can request articles directly from PubMed. We will continue to provide access for non-UW users who pay fees for PubMed articles. You may submit your requests via our non-UW request form.


          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.