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Interlibrary Lending (for Non-Emory Libraries & Researchers)

Through interlibrary lending, other academic, public, and special libraries can obtain materials held by Emory University Libraries for their users.

2020-2021 Academic Year

During the 2020-2021 academic year, we may need to adjust our service at a moment's notice. We will keep our status up to date in the OCLC Policies Directory. We will also set our days to respond as a visual cue to borrowers, per OCLC's guidelines here. And finally, we will also keep our status current on OCLC's Physical ILL Return & Lending Status spreadsheet and map. You can always contact us with specific questions about our current lending services:

Obtain Materials Held by Emory University Libraries

The Robert W. Woodruff Library Interlibray Loan (ILL) department (OCLC: EMU) provides interlibrary lending services for the following collections:

  • Robert W. Woodruff Library
  • Goizueta Business Library
  • Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library
  • Science Commons
  • Library Service Center
The following Emory libraries have separate interlibrary lending services. Please contact them directly.
The Emory Libraries participate in several consortia or cooperative library programs, including the following:
These groups provide priority ILL service and/or direct borrowing privileges for users of member libraries. Please contact ILL or Reference staff at your library for more information about these services.

The interlibrary lending policies and procedures of the Woodruff Main and Health Sciences Center Libraries are in accordance with the ALA Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and IFLA's International Lending and Document Delivery: Principles and Guidelines for Procedure.

Contact Information for Interlibrary Lending

Mailing address:
Interlibrary Loan - Lending
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Emory University
540 Asbury Circle, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-2870 USA

Phone: 404-727-6860

Odyssey: (Main) & (Health Sciences)

OCLC Symbols: EMU (Main) & EMM (Health)

Docline Symbol: GAUEMU (Health)

NUC Symbols: GEU (Main) & GEU-M (Health)

See our Contact Interlibrary Loan page for staff contacts. 

Placing Requests

We accept requests for the Woodruff Main and Health Sciences Center Libraries via OCLC (EMU and EMM, respectively) and via our ILLiad lending web request form.  We also accept Docline requests for Health Sciences (GAEMU).  Please contact us at for lending web instructions and registration.

Please be sure to indicate copyright compliance for photocopies and that you are willing to pay any applicable fees (see below).

Charges & Fees

Library Type: Billing Method / Loans*/ Copies


US: OCLC IFM / $15 / $15
US: Invoice / $20 / $20
Canada/Mexico: OCLC IFM /  $25 / $15
Canada/Mexico: Invoice / $30 / $20
Other International: OCLC IFM /  $35 / $15
Other International: Invoice / $40 / $20


US: OCLC IFM / $40 / $30
Invoice / $45 / $35

*Up to four (4) volumes/reels per transaction

We strongly prefer payment by OCLC IFM or Docline EFTS. However, we also accept checks in US dollars, IFLA vouchers, money orders, and international postal coupons. We cannot accept payment by credit card at this time.

Note: We do not charge libraries that are members of ARCHE, GOLD, ASERL Reciprocal Borrowing or libraries with whom we have a written reciprocal agreement if requests are submitted via OCLC.  Libraries that are members of the OCLC Research Library Partnership's SHARES program are charged according to the current SHARES fee structure.

Loan Policies

Loan period:
10 weeks (2-3 weeks if the the request is for special material)

NO.  Renewal only w/indication of exceptional circumstances.

Recall notices are sent via email and OCLC, if applicable. Recalled items should be returned ASAP via Priority Mail, UPS, FedEx, Air Mail, etc., and not by media or surface mail.

Non-circulating items:*
Current periodicals, reference, audiovisual, maps/atlases and special collections (Rose Library)** material.

*Loans of such items are considered on a case-by-case basis for members of ARCHE, ASERL, GOLD & RLP SHARES and libraries with whom we have a written reciprocal agreement.

**To request Rose Library materials, the requestor (not his/her library) should contact Rose directly via email at

Most Emory PhD dissertations and Masters theses prior to 2009 are available for loan. Most Emory PhD dissertations are also available from ProQuest (either via their Dissertations and Theses Full-text database or via purchase).  Many of Emory's dissertations from 2009 to date are available electronically with no fee at

4 reel limit. Once 4 reels have been returned, another 4 reels may be requested. It is up to the borrowing library to keep track of which reels have already been requested. We can usually send complete microfiche sets in response to one request. We also will lend microcard or microprint if requested.

Multi-volume sets:
4 volume limit. Once 4 volumes have been returned, another 4 volumes may be requested. It is up to the borrowing library to keep track of which volumes have already been requested.

Any use restrictions will be clearly indicated on a paper band which is placed around loaned material. Please return all materials with the band in place.

Please do not affix any type of adhesive labels to our material (including "removable" labels).

Exceptional items, such as bound periodical volumes, audiovisual, reference, microforms, and special collections material, will be restricted to "Library Use Only" and may have further use restrictions, as appropriate to the item.

We ship via UPS to destinations in the US & US territories, and via USPS Air Mail to other destinations.  We can ship rush requests via FedEx if the borrowing library provides a valid FedEx account number for billing.

Our material should be returned in a box. Please do not use shipping bags as material can be easily damaged. Exceptional items should be packaged with special care.  Exceptional and recalled items should be returned via Priority or Air Mail, UPS, FedEx, or other expedited means. 


Odyssey is the primary delivery method for copies but we also deliver copies via OCLC Article Exchange or e-mail attachment as requested.

We provide copies from microfilm and microfiche at no additional charge. We currently cannot copy from microcard or microprint, but we do lend these formats.