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BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan: Lending to Other Institutions

Lending to Other Institutions

Please note that we no longer issue invoices - payment must be by IFLA vouchers.

Special Note to Law Firms and other Commercial Entities:

  • This service is for personal, research copies only
  • No RUSH service
  • No shipping to other than the billing address
  • No shipping using your courier account
  • No information on the dates that items were added to our collection

Please read the following information carefully to ensure successful requesting.

The University of Pennsylvania prefers to receive Interlibrary Loan requests placed through OCLC, to our lender symbol PAU. The University of Pennsylvania Health Sciences libraries also accept requests through Docline to their lender symbols: PAUPEM and PAUPED. If you do not borrow through OCLC or Docline and cannot find any other location for your material, you can create an account and place your request by registering here:

University of Pennsylvania Lending Web Registration and Login Page

For Username, please use a code of at least 6 characters.  Do not use a 3 character code as that may duplicate an OCLC code.  Remember your password and other information for any future requests.

This service is only for library-to-library sharing. Individuals should work with their home public or university library to initiate the borrowing process.

Shipping - Loans will be shipped by UPS courier.  International borrowers must be able to receive UPS shipments.  Please provide a full shipping address, including street address.  **PLEASE NOTE - we no longer ship via Airmail as the University does not provide tracking for Airmail packages.**

Articles will be delivered electronically.  Copy requests are limited to fifty pages.

We are unable to accommodate RUSH requests.

It is important to fill in the maxcost field in the request.  Our charges are:

Non-profit Pennsylvania libraries:

  • No charge

Other non-profit libraries:

  • Loans - 2 IFLA vouchers
  • Copies - 1 IFLA voucher

For profit libraries:

  • Invoices no longer issued

Please contact us at if you have any questions.


Contact us at the (virtual) Van Pelt Library Interlibrary Loan office:

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