Search and request books from 15 major research libraries.
Receive books faster than with recalls or interlibrary loan.
Keep books longer than with interlibrary loan.
Books will not be recalled except under unusual circumstances.
UBorrow is available to current University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff.
Requested books usually arrive within 1 week.
An email notification is sent once requests are available.
Loan period: 17 weeks
Loan period and renewals for other formats varies by owning library.
Items will only be recalled under unusual circumstances, such as an item being needed by the owning library for course reserve. Borrowers will be notified by email if an item is recalled.
When you quickly need items that are currently unavailable from the University of Iowa Libraries or are not owned by the Library, search UBorrow. UBorrow enables you to search for and request books directly from 15 major research libraries, with combined collections of more than 90 million volumes:
UBorrow is a service of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, which is comprised of the universities of the Big Ten Conference plus the University of Chicago.
You may request print books that are available (e.g. not checked out) in circulating collections of the participating libraries that are either:
If an item is available at the University of Iowa Libraries, UBorrow will give you the call number and location of the item and direct you to Smart Search to help you find our local copy.
If all copies held by UBorrow libraries are unavailable, UBorrow will let you request the item from a non-UBorrow library via Interlibrary Loan. (Loan periods and delivery times for Interlibrary Loan requests will vary.)