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Interlibrary Loan: BorrowItNow

Interlibrary Loan - BorrowItNow - Document Delivery

BorrowItNow Overview

  is a quick way to submit an interlibrary loan request.  It enables you to search for and request books directly from libraries of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 36 research libraries located in the central and western United States.  If the request is not filled through BorrowItNow, it will automatically be processed as a regular interlibrary loan request.

Requested books usually arrive within 1 week.

An email notification is sent once requests are available.

Check the status of your BorrowItNow requests by logging into My Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Account.

Due Dates are determined by the lending library:

  • The average loan period is 10 weeks beginning when the loan is received by ILL and is not renewable.
  • For questions regarding loan periods please contact the ILL office at 480-965-3282 or ill@asu.edu.
  • Intentionally returning ILL material late negatively impacts our relationship with the lending library which can hurt our ability to get material from that library in the future.

Late Returns/Fees


Searching & Requesting BorrowItNow

1.      Search the Thumbnail catalog directly.

2.     From the ASU Library Catalog, where the  Thumbnail logo appears.

Enter your search term(s) in the search box (Simple Search), or click on "Advanced Search" to:

  • Search by author, title, subject, keyword, or ISBN
  • Combine multiple search types, e.g. author and title
  • Limit your search to "all of these words," "any of these words," or "this phrase"

Once you click the "Search!" button, BorrowItNow will take a moment to retrieve matches to your search. The "Searching" message and a spinning icon will display.

Click a specific title from the search results to view detailed information and availability.

The message "Searching for all copies everywhere" will display as BorrowItNow determines the availability of the item at all participating libraries. You may need to scroll down the page to view availability.

The BorrowItNow search results will list the holdings of all participating libraries, including materials available locally. 

Based on the search results, BorrowItNow will provide one of three "Request" options:

  1. This item is: Available at the ARIZONASTATE Library
    • You may place a hold on your "My Library Account" and select a pickup location.
    • Use the Call Number and Location provided to locate the item and retrieve it from the shelf.
      • Note: You can text the call number and location to your phone.
  2. Click here to request via BorrowItNow.                   Request
    • Authenticate with your ASURITE user ID and password to complete the request.
  3. Not available via BorrowItNow; click here to request via interlibrary loan.  Request
    • Authenticate with your ASURITE user ID and password to complete the request.

Once you are logged in, the BorrowItNow request will appear in the ILLiad book request form.

  • Many form fields will be filled in automatically.
  • Complete any other required fields.
  • Click the "Submit Request" button at the bottom of the page to complete the request.

If you do not have an My Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Account already established:

  • You will be asked to verify settings such as department and preferred pickup location for ILL materials.
  • Return to BorrowItNow search results and select request again.

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