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About Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) enables Harvard University students, faculty, and staff with library borrowing privileges to request materials not owned by Harvard libraries. Each faculty library has its own ILL service. 


How To Place Request


Login to your Interlibrary Loan account to place your request. First-time users will be required to fill out a registration form before proceeding.


What Can or Can't Be Borrowed


The list of materials that can or can't be borrowed varies. For more information consult your faculty library's ILL homepage. A listing of Interlibrary Loan services across Harvard's libraries is available.


Response Time


Available materials usually arrive within two (2) weeks. For faster response times, try Borrow Direct.




A notice is sent to your e-mail account when requested material arrives.


Pick-Up And Return Locations


ILL items must be picked up and returned at your faculty library.*

FAS and Harvard Kennedy School students, faculty, and staff may return Interlibrary Loan materials to any Harvard Library. This option will soon be available for all Harvard affiliates.


Loan Period


The loan period varies according to the lending institution.*

*FAS and Harvard Kennedy students, faculty, and staff ILL books circulate for 6 weeks with one 6 week renewal. The loans are subject to recall at anytime. This service will soon be available to all Harvard affiliates. 



 Renewal policies vary according to the lending institution.