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Biomedical Library - Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery

Biomedical Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery is a service through which library materials in use or not owned by the Penn libraries may be requested and obtained from other libraries. Borrowing requests are processed by staff at the main ILL office in the Van Pelt Library as well as Biomedical staff.

The Biomedical Library Document Delivery Service may be used by the:

  • Medical School
  • Nursing School
  • Biomedical Graduate Studies students, faculty and staff
  • Biology graduate students, faculty and staff
  • Biomedical Library staff
  • Staff of HUP, CHOP, and Presbyterian Hospital.

Interlibrary loan service is limited to patrons with a PennKey.

Submitting Requests:

Document and Book requests may be submitted by filling out the Request Article form for article requests or the Request Book form on our web site.

Book Requests:

To request a book from another Penn Library/LIBRA, use the Request It link on the item record in the Franklin catalog.

For books not available at Penn (not owned, checked out, on reserve) we recommend checking availability in BorrowDirect, then E-ZBorrow. If neither service has the books that you want, please complete the Request Book form on the library webpage (or on the sidebar menu on this page).

  • BorrowDirect includes books from other Ivy League and Research University. Loan periods: One 6-week renewal in addition to 6 week loan.
  • E-ZBorrow includes books available from over 60 academic libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Loan periods: One 6-week renewal in addition to 6 week loan.
  • Submit requests for books that cannot be supplied by either service using the Interlibrary Loan form.

Journal Article Requests:
If your document request is the result of a literature search using the MEDLINE or CINAHL/Nursing databases, please write the unique identifier number given at the top of the citation (AN or UI field) on the request form. This information will speed the document delivery process. Please check Penn's holdings in Franklin before submitting your request.
Article Delivery / Book Pick-Ups:
Journal articles
We will post the articles you request on the web and notify you by e-mail when they are available. Articles will be available for 21 days. Downloading to your computer is recommended.

You may pick up books up at the Biomedical Library Circulation Desk. You will be notified when requested books have arrived.

Contact the Biomedical Library Document Delivery office at 215-898-7559 or email