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Interlibrary Loan

Academic, public, and special libraries that are not DOCLINE members and that have established an interlibrary loan account with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) may submit their requests through the NLM web request portal. To request an account or inquire about an existing account, contact ILL.

Keep in mind that NLM is the library of last resort for biomedical materials that are not available elsewhere.  All interlibrary loan requests submitted through the portal must include complete citation information including the NLM Unique ID from LocatorPlus.

For DOCLINE participants, NLM serves as a source for material not available through local, state, or regional libraries.  For information about joining DOCLINE, please review the eligibility guidelines or contact your DOCLINE Coordination Office.

For questions about NLM’s interlibrary loan service, please contact NLM. NLM's preferred delivery methods are email and post-to-web.

Individuals who need access to medical literature should make a request through a local library.

Last Reviewed: February 20, 2019