Answered By: Laurissa Gann
Last Updated: May 19, 2023     Views: 1512

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a free article or book chapter ordering service for MD Anderson staff and students provided by the Research Medical Library. 

How long will it take to receive the items I requested through Interlibrary Loan?

Most articles will be delivered within 3 business days. 

Can I get my textbooks through Interlibrary Loan?

Due to copyright laws, we can only order one or two chapters from a textbook. Please note that we cannot order entire eBooks. 

If you need a textbook for class:


How Do I Use Interlibrary Loan to Order Articles, Books and Book Chapters?

  1. Login to Interlibrary Loan with your MD Anderson credentials. If it is your first time, you will be asked to complete a brief registration form.
  2. Search PubMed, our databases or our Search the Library Tool for an article, book or book chapter.
  3. Once you have found the citation you want, click on the red and black "MD Anderson Full-text Article" button (pictured below). This button should take you directly to the full-text article or journal website. image of MD Anderson full text button
  4. If you click on the red and black "MD Anderson Full-text Article" button and still can't get to the PDF, look for a link that says,"Request Item via Interlibrary Loan".  Click on the link to login with your MD Anderson credentials. This link will auto-populate an order form with the article information. Choose submit.


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