Using ILL

Interlibrary Loan is a complimentary service that provides access to material not found at UF from libraries across the globe. It facilitates borrowing and lending of library materials among participating institutions. Eligible* patrons have the opportunity to borrow materials that are currently unavailable in the UF Library Collection.

*To see ILL eligibility by affiliation, visit the Check-Out Guidelines and Privileges page.

Interlibrary Loan Facts

Electronic articles take about 3-5 days, while physical loans can take 1-4 weeks. The loan period for most physical items is 16 weeks, with no renewals. Articles are available for 30 days with a maximum of 5 downloads.


To place an Interlibrary Loan Request, always check the UF Library Catalog first (make sure to connect to the UF VPN for full access if you are off campus). If we do not own what you are looking for, log into your Interlibrary Loan Account using your GatorLink credentials and submit a request. For detailed instructions, visit the How-to Guide for ILLiad.

What Can Be Borrowed

• Articles/book chapter scans
• Physical Books
• Audio/visual materials
• Microforms

What Can’t Be Borrowed

• E-books
• Archival material
• Special collections
• Whole Print Journals
• Scans of entire works
• Textbooks on Course Reserves


If you are not a Distance Patron, Interlibrary Loan items are meant to be picked up in person. An email notification will be sent once the requested item is available for pickup.

Pickup locations include the following:

  • Architecture & Fine Arts
  • Education
  • Health Science Center Library
  • Marston
  • Library West

Please keep in mind that each library has its own hours of operation, so plan accordingly when choosing a pickup location. Your pick-up location can be changed from within your ILL account.The selected pick-up location is applied to all physical loan requests, with the exception of In-Library Use Only materials, which can only be used within Library West.

To pick up items, please remember to bring a valid Gator1 ID or driver’s license to the pickup location. If you cannot physically be present, you may request to have a proxy borrower pick up items on your behalf. Visit the Proxy Borrower Policy page for more information.

Have questions regarding pickup? Contact your pickup location. 


Interlibrary Loan materials have a fixed 16 week loan period, with no renewals. If the item is required beyond 16 weeks, please place a second request for the material before the first item is due. Alternatively, please reach out to a subject specialist for your area and Recommend the Title for Purchase.


Please sign the band to indicate that you are done using the item and authorize Interlibrary Loan to return the item to the lending library.

It is very important that the ILL paperwork for the request is also returned.

ILL materials can be returned in the following ways:

  1. At any circulation desk in person.
    • If your request is multiple pieces, please return them at the same time.
  2. If you are a Distance Patron, return the item using the included pre-paid UPS shipping label.
  3. If you are not a distance patron, but you forgot to return your book before going out of town, ship the item back to the library by following the Safe Packing and Shipping Guidelines.

Please do not return ILL items in the book drops

Searching Tools


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


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