Request an Item From Another Library

Interlibrary Loan

UCSF personnel and students with a current Library Borrower Account can borrow materials from libraries worldwide. 

Make a Request

  • When searching electronic resources like PubMed@UCSF, click the  UC-eLinks button  button and follow the prompts
  • Already have a citation? Use the UC Citation Linker and follow the prompts

Track or Renew Your Request

Getting Your Item

  • Most articles and book chapters are emailed within 4 working days
  • Most books are received within 4-7 days at the Parnassus Library service desk
  • Mission Bay and ZSFG delivery: items will be processed at Parnassus first, then sent to your preferred pickup location within 2-3 business days.
  • Fresno delivery: items will be processed at Parnassus first, then mailed to UCSF Fresno.
  • Laurel Heights delivery: items can be sent via UCSF shuttle. Call (415) 476-1446 to coordinate delivery


  • UC library system items are free
  • For items outside the UC system, our patrons can request 20 free articles/books per fiscal year (July – June)
  • If you’ve reached the 20-item limit, we’ll contact you to authorize pre-payment of $20 per additional request. We will only resort to a fee-based library if free options are unavailable. You will not be charged if we can’t get the requested item