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Your guide to using FAU's Interlibrary Loan services

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Interlibrary Loan
Boca Campus
Bldg LY-3, Rm 214
2nd Floor - West

Office Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8am-4:45pm

The Interlibrary Loan Department is here to support your research and teaching needs by expanding the range of materials available for scholarship beyond the collections of the FAU Libraries. 


This department provides article delivery and short term loans from a vast network of libraries and document suppliers on a local, state, national, and international basis.


Use Interlibrary Loan services to:

  • Retrieve FAU materials from other campuses
  • Request materials from other State University Libraries via UBorrow
  • Request Articles and Book Chapters
  • Request loans of items not owned by FAU
  • For Distance Learners have both FAU materials and ILL loans shipped directly to your location

Who is Eligible?

  • All FAU enrolled students*, faculty, and staff have Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges.
  • Palm Beach State College South Campus enrolled students, faculty, and staff are also extended Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges through their FAU ILL account; PBSC does not have UBorrow Priviledges through FAU.
  • Retired FAU faculty and staff have Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges.
  • SUS Faculty, Visiting Researchers, and Library Volunteers may have Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Privileges with the permission from the Dean of University Libraries.

*Tower Campus students should order materials through the Broward County Library's Interlibrary Loan department, unless your pick-up location is Boca or Jupiter.

How much money does using ILL save?



Total amount saved: (in dollars)

In 2017, the ILL Department filled 3,306 Article Requests and 4,460 Loan Requests, saving an estimated $142,632!

How long does it take?

  • Articles - 2 or more business days
  • Loans - 7 or more business days
  • Branch Campus Delivery adds 2 to 3 days
  • International or Rare & hard-to-find materials may take longer

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Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions:

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction in excess of " fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order or place an item on Reserve if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order or request would involve violation of copyright law.