UBorrow

UBorrow is a service offered by Florida’s public state university and college system libraries. It allows eligible patrons to borrow materials directly from any participating library when the materials are not available at the patron’s home library.

Participating Institutions

The Florida UBorrow service is one way to obtain books and materials from libraries in Florida.

State of Florida displaying the name of institutions that participate in UBorrow

Pick-up, Renew, Return

Pick-up: After you order an item through UBorrow, it usually takes an average of 5 business days to arrive. You will be notified by email that your book has arrived and where it can be picked up. Your pick-up location cannot be changed once you submit your request, but you can choose a different pick-up location on your next request. Pick-up locations include Library West, Marston Science Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Education Library, and the Health Science Center Library. Each library has its own hours of operation, so keep that in mind when choosing a pick-up location.

A valid Gator1 ID or driver’s license will be required in order for you to pick up your item. If you cannot physically be present, you may use a proxy to pick up on your behalf. Please see the Proxy Borrower Policy for more information.

Renew: UBorrow materials are eligible to renew 7 days before the due date. Log into Primo, the Library Catalog and Discovery Service. Below My Library Card, locate the items that are eligible to renew, then click on “renew.” Prior to 7 days before the due date, you will see “Not Renewable” in your Library Card account, along with a message about when you can renew the item. Items can be renewed ONLY ONCE. If the item is needed for longer, submit a new UBorrow request.

Return: UBorrow books may be returned to the branch library circulation desk where you picked up the item or via any of the methods listed below.

  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 item(s).

Follow the Safe Packing and Shipping Guidelines to return the materials by mail.

Overdue or damaged: If you choose to keep the book past the due date, or the item is lost or damaged, you will be responsible for fines and fees. For more information, see the Overdue Fines Policy and the Lost Item Replacement Policy that also applies to UBorrow books.

Find Books and More Beyond Florida's Borders

If you're unable to find the item you're searching for using UBorrow, our Interlibrary Loan service can broaden your search with access to libraries nationwide and worldwide!

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