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New Faculty Orientation: Request a Book

Resources to help you become oriented and familiar to Purdue Libraries


1. Purdue Libraries - request a book

2. Interlibrary Loan

3. Uborrow


When the book is actively available in the Purdue Libraries, a faculty member may request that it be placed on hold. It may then be picked up by them in person OR mailed to their campus address.  If picking the book up in person, the patron can designate which library location they prefer for hold and pick up. In order to do this, the patron just needs to log in to their Library account, search for the book in our catalog, find the title, and choose REQUEST to submit a hold. If a Purdue Libraries book that you need is currently checked out, you may place a recall on it using the "Recall this Item" link, or you may place an Interlibrary Loan request for it and we will borrow it from another library. (See below.)

If you need assistance, please contact any library information desk. 


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) supports the instructional, research, and scholarly activities of currently employed or enrolled West Lafayette faculty, staff, and students by obtaining research material not owned by the Purdue University Libraries. Materials requested through UBorrow are also be delivered through Interlibrary Loan. If you need help using the system, please contact our office at (765) 494-2800.


Place your requests for outside materials through the secure ILL System. An active Purdue career account is required for login.


You will be notified via email when the material you requested is ready for pick-up or download. For current West Lafayette faculty, staff, and visiting scholars, we deliver the research material you need to your desktop or office quickly and efficiently. This chart outlines how your request will be processed.


How much does this service cost?

Nothing! The Libraries cover the cost of providing this service.

How do I place an order?
Click here for the order form.

Do I need to check in advance to see if an item is available on campus or not?
No, just place your request. Libraries staff will handle your request as an on- or off-campus order as needed.

I'm on sabbatical away from the campus area. Will you mail a book to me?
Unfortunately, book delivery is only available to Purdue campus addresses. Ask the university hosting your sabbatical work or a local public library about their interlibrary loan services.

However, you can access our electronic resources remotely (click here for details) or request electronic delivery of an article or chapter.

I'm a graduate research assistant or a graduate teaching assistant. Am I eligible for ILL service?
As a student employed at Purdue, your primary classification is as a student. We will scan and electronically deliver to students articles or chapters held in the Hicks Repository. If the item you need is held elsewhere in the Purdue Libraries, you will receive an email notice with the location and call number.

Contact Information

Call the interlibrary loan/document delivery office at (765)494-2800 or email them at .



UBorrow is free to Purdue affiliates and is similar to Interlibrary Loan to request BOOKS ONLY, but with some additional benefits. 1. Items are guaranteed a twelve week loan period and one four week renewal period if needed.  2. Items are delivered within 5-7 days. 3. The patron knows immediately if the book is available because only available books appear in the system. 

Interim Associate Dean for Research

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Scott Brandt
Purdue University Libraries

504 W. State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907