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Scan & Deliver Service

If you need journal articles, book chapters, or any other part of printed materials from the university libraries, and you prefer not to visit the libraries in person, simply request that the item be scanned and delivered to you.

To request a book chapter via the library catalog, navigate to the record for the book in the library catalog, sign in, then click the Request chapter/article scan link.  (Example here)

When searching for articles, use the button that appears in article citations in most library resources to request a copy.

Alternatively, you may fill out an InterLibrary Loan Form and let us know what you need.  (One request per article or book chapter, please) Your scan request will be posted to your ILL account.

Pick Up Service

Pick-up service for physical circulating items is available from all Vanderbilt libraries and offsite storage locations.

Online requests are fulfilled with electronic versions of resources whenever possible. Please allow 3-5 business days for delivery of physical item requests. This timeframe allows us to follow international standards for safety in handling library materials. The libraries have only limited staff working inside each day. Pick up is by appointment outside the 21st Avenue entrance to the Divinity Library

To initiate a pickup request, navigate to the catalog record of the material you wish to receive, sign in, then click on the book pick up link.  (Example here)

Purchase Requests

The library will consider purchasing books and other items upon request to fulfill research needs.  Please use the online purchase request form to submit a purchase recommendation.

InterLibrary Loan Q & A

What is Interlibrary Loan or ILL?

  • a free service for requesting materials not available at Vanderbilt libraries, including books and journal articles

How long does it take?

  • in general, articles are delivered electronically and typically arrive within a week. Tip: budget at least 2-3 weeks for receiving requested items.

How do I submit a request?

  • login to your ILL account and select a request form
  • or use the  button available in most library resources to request items.  Click here to learn more about


You can use WorldCat to identify and request materials that Vanderbilt does not own.


WorldCat is a Union Catalog that provides location and availability information for books, periodicals and other items owned by libaries in the U.S. and around the world.