Lending to Other Libraries

Who is this for?

This service is for other libraries to request material from Penn State University Libraries. Individuals wanting to place a request, please contact your closest public or academic library.




Loan Request

  • Books, dissertations, theses, government documents, videos and sound recordings (AV), and some microfilms can be loaned.
  • Dissertations are available for loan to U.S. and Canadian libraries. Copies of Penn State dissertations from 1939 to the present are available for purchase from ProQuest.
  • Search the eTD database for newer theses/dissertations online.


Article Request

  • We will scan a journal article, a book or proceedings chapter, or newspapers and journals on microfilm or microfiche.
  • The requesting institution should be aware that the copied material may fall under copyright law.
  • Copies are supplied via Odyssey, OCLC Article Exchange, Email, or US mail.
  • Scanned copies of theses not available through ProQuest should be requested through Digitization and Preservation (digiconversion@psu.edu).


Loan Fees

  • $15 (or 1 1/2 IFLA vouchers)
  • $35 International (or 3 IFLA vouchers)
  • Loan charges do not apply to any Pennsylvania library or any consortial partner.


Articles/Scan Fees

  • $15 US and Canada (or 1 1/2 IFLA vouchers)
  • Article charges do not apply to any PA Academic, PA Public, or PA School library or any consortial partner.


Billing Procedures

  • If requesting via OCLC, IFM payment is preferred.
  • Invoices are issued on a monthly basis. Payment will be accepted in US Dollars or IFLA vouchers.
  • Questions regarding invoices received for Interlibrary Loan material should be directed to the Library's Business Office at 814-863-5440.


Lost Book Fees

  • If you have lost or misplaced an item borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, please contact us to request a replacement quote or inquire  about providing a replacement copy.
  • A minimum of $125.00 will be charged for a lost book.