Lending Policies (for Libraries and other institutions)

Interlibrary Loan
Main Library
125 W. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242

Hours (may vary with holidays)

Monday – Friday:
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Phone: 319-335-5917
Fax: 319-335-5830
Email: lib-ill@uiowa.edu

OCLC Symbol: NUI
SILO Symbol: OVUX522
NUC Symbol: IaU

Affiliations: BIG10

Phone Requests: Not Accepted

Other Interlibrary Loan Offices
These University of Iowa Libraries maintain separate Interlibrary Loan offices:

The University of Iowa Main Library Interlibrary Loan Department provides loans and photocopies of materials located in the Main Library and the branch libraries for libraries and institutions. Individuals should contact their public, academic, or corporate library with which they are affiliated to make a request.

Acceptable Methods for Submission of Interlibrary Loan requests:
Requests may be sent by OCLC, SILO, or Online Request Form located at https://uiowa.illiad.oclc.org/illiadauth/lending/ (please call 319-335-5917 or email at lib-ill@uiowa.edu for username and password)



We lend items for 16 weeks, videos for 4 weeks with no renewal, and sound recordings for 2 weeks with no renewal. Renewals are available on a case by case basis.


Photocopies are provided if the article is less than 50 pages . Photocopies are sent via Odyssey, Article Exchange, PDF, mail, fax, or air mail.

Non-Circulating Items

Special Collections, Reference materials.

Microfilm and Multi-Volume Sets

Limit of 6 reels or volumes per request.

Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations and theses are available for loan if a circulating copy is available . Post-1954 dissertations may be purchased from University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) by calling 1-800-521-3042 or from the UMI Website. We will provide a photocopy only if not available through UMI and with author’s permission.

Government Documents

Will lend if a circulating copy is available.

 Sound Recordings

Sound recordings are lent to U.S. libraries for a 2-week loan with no renewals.

Video Recordings

Video recordings are lent to U.S. libraries for a 4-week loan with no renewals.


Bound & unbound periodicals are lent on a case by case basis.

Special Collections

Will lend only to Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries as a last resort on a case-by-case basis.  We will scan portions if the condition of the item allows.

RUSH Service

Handled on a case by case basis. Items owned in a branch library may take an additional 24 hours for delivery.

Charges and Billing Policy

Type of Library Loans Copies Fax Surcharge Photocopy of Iowa, U.S., and U.N. Government Publications Loan of Iowa, US, and UN Government Publications
Iowa Public Libraries Free Free Free Free Free
Iowa College/University Libraries Free Free Free Free Free
Iowa School Libraries Free Free Free Free Free
BIG10 Libraries Free Free Free Free Free
For Profit Libraries in Iowa $10.00 IFM or invoice; $11.00 EFTS $10.00 IFM or invoice; $11.00 EFTS Free $10.00 IFM or invoice; $11.00 EFTS Free
US and Canada Libraries $15.00 IFM or invoice; $11.00 EFTS $15.00 IFM or invoice; $11.00 EFTS Free $15.00 IFM or invoice; $11.00 EFTS Free
International Libraries $20.00 IFM or 2 full IFLA voucher $20.00 IFM or invoice, 2 full IFLA voucher Free $20.00 IFM or invoice, 2 full IFLA voucher $20.00 IFM or 2 full IFLA voucher

Lost Material

Please contact the Interlibrary Loan department directly for the replacement cost of lost material.

Billing & Payment Methods

We are now accepting online credit card payments. Click here to pay ILL bill by credit card.

We also accept IFM payment for OCLC requests. Monthly statements are sent by the University of Iowa Business Office. We accept IFLA vouchers. Please do not send payment until you receive an invoice.

Please direct any questions about an invoice you have received to Cheryl Doehrmann at 319-384-0592 or cheryl-doehrmann@uiowa.edu.