Lending for Other Libraries and Organizations

Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand Lending is a service through which outside libraries and organizations can request to obtain books and articles from the Brandeis Library.

Request Methods

The Brandeis Library uses an interoperable platform that allows us to take in requests from other libraries regardless of your local platform. We use RapidILL (including returnables), so Rapid is always a great choice for sending requests. For libraries that do not use Rapid, we can connect using an ISO standard where files containing request details are passed between the systems to facilitate the communication and continual updating of requests. If you’re interested in partnering with the Brandeis Library and setting up this connection, please email ill@brandeis.edu and we will be happy to test the connection with you before deployment. Our Z39.50/Alma availability info as well as our ISO info are listed below. Brandeis cannot receive requests via OCLC.

Compatible Systems

Availability Checks


Note: All holdings fields from attached holdings records are embedded in the bib record (below the bib data) when you access content via Z39.50. You will need to remove these manually if they do not suit your needs.


If you’re using Alma or Rapido for interlibrary loan, you can create a locate profile for Brandeis, which achieves the same thing as a Z39.50 connection. Here are the pertinent details for this connection:

ISO Communication Settings


The Brandeis Library is part of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST), and IDS Project. There is no cost to institutions affiliated with these consortia. We do not charge for any requests over the Rapid network. We will also lend freely to any library covered by the Massachusetts State Delivery Service (including libraries covered by interstate agreements).

For other academic libraries that are interested in partnering with us, we are open to reciprocal arrangements. The Brandeis Library values resource sharing and we want to contribute to the scholarly community.

For any library that isn’t part of one of our networks and where a reciprocal arrangement is not in place, the below table outlines our fee structure.

Service Domestic Fee International Fee
Scan of an article or book chapter $15 (or 1 IFLA voucher) $15 (or 1 IFLA voucher)
Loan of material $25 (or 2 IFLA vouchers) $30 (or 2.5 IFLA vouchers)

Eligible Materials

We are happy to lend most circulating materials including, but not limited to, books, theses, dissertations, and microfilm. In most cases, we cannot lend non-circulating materials, which include bound or current serials, special collection materials, original newspapers, rare or archival materials, and any item that is in poor or fragile condition. Depending on circumstances, we may request that items are available only via digital fulfillment or library use only. Contact the University Archives and Special Collections for more information regarding access to items that are held in that location.

Length of Loans

Our standard loan for books and other printed media is 16 weeks with no renewals. We only recall items when absolutely necessary for course reserves. Our standard for DVDs and CDs is 8 weeks with no renewals. We are open to different arrangements depending on the circumstances with other libraries; however, this is our default.


Our standard methods for shipping include the Massachusetts State Delivery Service, UPS 2nd Day Air, and USPS library rate.


When providing digital articles and chapters, our standard practice is to OCR all documents.

Right to Reject Requests

There are a variety of reasons we may need to cancel or reject a particular request. These reasons include the following: