Borrowing Materials from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan, EZ-Borrow, and Document Delivery Services are available to RMU faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.

Getting books
If you do not locate the book you need at RMU, try EZ-Borrow. EZ-Borrow is a book borrowing and lending program among a large group of mostly academic libraries in this region. EZ-Borrow tends to have shorter turnaround times than traditional interlibrary loan services because of the proximity of the schools, the shipping methods, and the loan periods.

If you do not locate the book you need through EZ-Borrow, submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

Getting articles
If after searching article databases, or checking specific journal access through the Journal Finder, you find that we do not have access to an article you need, request a copy of the article through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is used to request articles not available at RMU, media, dissertations, conference proceedings, and books not available via EZ-Borrow.

Most articles requested through interlibrary loan are sent to us electronically and then delivered to you via email. The majority of articles arrive in a couple of days, but please plan in advance and allow at least one week for delivery.

Renewing Interlibrary loan items
You cannot renew materials borrowed via the EZ-Borrow system; there is a maximum 94-day loan period established by the PALCI borrowing/lending network of libraries.

To request that a book, dissertation, or other materials obtained through interlibrary loan be renewed, please submit an email message describing your request and the desired due date to NOTE: we cannot guarantee the renewal of items borrowed via interlibrary loan, as renewal terms are the decision of each lending library.

Reciprocal borrowing 
RMU faculty, staff, and students may borrow books at most Pittsburgh area college and university libraries, (with the exception of the University of Pittsburgh). Ask an RMU librarian to assist you in obtaining the necessary documentation for this.

Borrowing from area public libraries 
We do not participate in any reciprocal borrowing agreements with local public libraries or vice versa, but -- depending on your information needs and time constraints -- the public library network may be a great resource for you. Moon Public Library is only 1 mile from RMU. Use eiNetwork to search for library materials at any public library in Allegheny County.

If you have additional questions about borrowing books from other libraries, contact Chloe Mills, Department Head - Library Operations.