Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services

Interlibrary Loan expands the range of available research materials. Materials not owned by the Binghamton University Libraries may be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary loan. Materials held by the Libraries can be delivered to your preferred branch library through Document Delivery. 

You can also request an item through Document Delivery Services via Find It!

Interlibrary Loan cannot borrow required textbooks for Binghamton University courses. Instead, visit the Libraries' Course Reserves tool to see if your textbook is available. 

Prior to requesting more than 25 loans in a week, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department and/or your subject librarian.REQUEST AN ITEM THROUGH INTERLIBRARY LOAN

Who May Borrow

Binghamton University faculty, students, staff, and research associates are eligible.

You must have a valid Binghamton University ID and a University email account ( in order to register. 

First time users will need to register through the ILLiad page


COVID-19 Upate

Due to COVID-19, there may be additional delays in obtaining materials though ILL.

Physical ILL materials may take two to four weeks to arrive; electronic materials may take a week to arrive. Special formats or unique titles may take longer. Physical Document Delivery materials typically arrive within 2 business days. You will receive an email when your materials arrive at the pickup location. ILL and Document Delivery materials cannot be shipped to residences. 

  • ILL materials not picked up by their due date will be returned to the lending institution.
  • Document Delivery requests not picked up 10 business days after notification will be returned to the shelf. 
  • PDFs delivered to your ILLiad account will be available for 30 days.

Loan Periods and Renewals

The lending library determines loan lengths and restrictions on the use of materials. For example, if the material has a "Library Use Only" condition, it may only be viewed in the library. 

You may request a renewal in-person or online via your library account, unless a non-renewal is indicated. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library: if a renewal is denied, you will receive an email.


The following cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan: 

  • eBooks 
  • Textbooks required for a Binghamton University course

We may have difficulties or be unable to borrow the following materials: 

  • Textbooks (not required for a Binghamton University course) 
  • New materials
  • Test preparation materials
  • Software
  • Reference books or whole journal issues
  • Audio/Visual (such as DVD's or CD's)
  • Rare books and dissertations

The Libraries must comply with U.S. Copyright Law and publisher licenses. After more than five articles from a journal published within the last five years are requested, additional copyright fees may apply.

Fees and Fines 

Costs may be assessed by the lending library or through copyright royalties. The Libraries will pay up to $30.00 per request. Requestors will be contacted if the fee exceeds this amount. If the requester agrees to pay a fee, it will be added to their QuikPay account once the material is available.

ILL and Document Delivery materials are subject to overdue and damage fines. For more detail, see the Fines and Fees page

Research Libraries Group Shared Resources Program (SHARES)

The Binghamton University Libraries membership in the Research Libraries Group (RLG) grants Binghamton patrons onsite access to the collections and services of institutions participating in the RLG Shared Resources (SHARES) Program. See the SHARES page for more information.

Consult Partners for details of individual library policies and practices.

Borrowing Libraries

The Binghamton University Libraries lends materials to other libraries. Please submit all requests through OCLC. 

If you do not participate in borrowing/lending in OCLC,  please email us at to obtain a username and password to register in our system.  Please include your library name, shipping/billing address, Odyssey address (if applicable) and the name, phone number and email for your contact person. Log into your account here