Using ILL and Rapid

Can I use ill?


Any faculty member, emeritus faculty, staff and students who are currently employed or enrolled at UF, including IFAS & REC centers are eligible for ILL services.

how much does it Cost?


Interlibrary Loan is a free service for students, staff, and faculty affiliated with the University of Florida.

i can’t wait!

I need it NOW!

Electronic articles take about 3-5 days, while physical loans can take 1-4 weeks. If you’re in a hurry, learn how your request can qualify for Rapid ILL.

can i request my textbook?

No Textbook Requests

ILL is not a substitute for purchasing your course textbooks. Visit the Course Reserves for free access to your textbooks.

The basics

Create an Account

ILLiad is used to borrow items that are not available in the UF Collections. To begin requesting material, create an account with ILLiad by using your 8-digit UFID number and use the temporary password “ill”. After your initial log in, change your password to something unique that you can remember. See the video below for a visual representation of creating your account. For more detailed instructions, check out How to Create an ILLiad Account.

Create an Account in ILLiad

Request, Renew, Return

There are 2 ways to request an item: (1) through ILLiad, or (2) through a database.

Submit an ILL Request Part I (From ILLiad)

Submit an ILL Request from ILLiad

How to Find the OCLC Number

Submit an ILL Request Part II (From a database)

Submit an ILL Request from a Database

Education Full Text Video


Unless the lending library has specified “No renewals,” items can usually be renewed for an additional 1-2 weeks. Renewals are granted at the discretion of the lending library and MUST be renewed BEFORE the due date printed on the band.

  1. Log in to your ILLiad account.
  2. In the Main Menu (left side of the ILLiad screen), under the “View” section click on “Checked out Items.”
  3. Click on the Transaction Number you want to renew.
  4. On the next screen, click on “Renew Request” in red above the Transaction Information and you will be given a new due date.


ILL materials can be returned in the following ways:
1. Use the book drop at Library West or Health Science Center Library (HSCL) in Gainesville.
2. Return items at the Library West or HSCL circulation desk in person.
3. Ship the item back to the library by UPS, FedEx, or Priority Mail. Please enclose the paperwork (that is attached to the book) with your ILL items.

As a reminder, please follow the Safe Packing and Shipping Guidelines to return the materials.

UBorrow books may be returned to the branch library where you picked up the item or via any of the methods listed above. For more information on UBorrow, visit the UBorrow page.

Need resources fast?


Rapid ILL is a service that is designed to retrieve journal articles for you very quickly. Check the Primo (the UF Library Catalog) first to see if UF already has access to the journal. Use the basic search option to browse by article title or journal title. If you are searching the catalog from off-campus, make sure you are connected to the UF Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order to access journals paid for by the UF Libraries. If the article is not available from one of the libraries’ databases, follow the Submit a Rapid Request Instructions.

Note: An article will not qualify for Rapid if (1) UF already has any holdings of the journal title and/or (2) if the item was published in the last 5 years. If published in the last 5 years, it will need to be reviewed by ILL staff for copyright compliance before it can be eligible for Rapid.

Need more help?

Searching Tools


This database can be used to find more information about a journal. Visit and use the advanced search option.

Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory

Ulrich’s is a bibliographic database providing detailed, comprehensive authority information on serials published throughout the world.


This database allows you to search for various journals indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, and other journals in the medical fields.