BorrowItNow is a partnership of the Greater Western Library Association (GWLA) to expedite requests of physical items (e.g. books) that allows you to search and browse a database of 30 academic libraries and collection holdings.

  • Discover whether or not a book is currently available for borrowing at the University of Kansas or from other participating institutions since circulation status is current for all libraries
  • Place a request through your WebRetrieve account that goes directly to another institution without needing to be processed by local staff which may slow down requests
  • Expect more reliable turnaround time to get the needed resource
  • Receive predictable loan period of 8 weeks for physical book loans. DVDs and other special-format materials will still be relatively brief loan periods.

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KU faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and affiliates with a valid KUID, and in good standing. This includes emeritus faculty and retired staff.   There is no cost for using Interlibrary Borrowing.  Interlibrary Borrowing is not available for individuals with KU Library Borrower Cards.

How do I use BorrowItNow?

Search the BorrowItNow catalog directly.

From the KU Libraries Catalog, where the Logo of Borrow it Now logo appears.

Enter your search term(s) in the search box (Simple Search), or click on "Advanced Search" to:

  • Search by author, title, subject, keyword, or ISBN
  • Combine multiple search types, e.g. author and title
  • Limit your search to "all of these words," "any of these words," or "this phrase"

Once you click the "Search!" button, BorrowItNow will take a moment to retrieve matches to your search. The "Searching" message and a spinning icon will display.

Click a specific title from the search results to view detailed information and availability.

The message "Searching for all copies everywhere" will display as BorrowItNow determines the availability of the item at all participating libraries. You may need to scroll down the page to view availability.

The BorrowItNow search results will list the holdings of all participating libraries, including materials available locally. 

Based on the search results, BorrowItNow will provide one of three "Request" options:

  1. This item is: Available at the University of Kansas Library
    • You may place a hold and select a pickup location.
    • Use the Call Number and Location provided to locate the item and retrieve it from the shelf.
  2. Click here to request via BorrowItNow. Request
  3. Authenticate with your WebRetrieve Username and password to complete the request.
  4. Authenticate with your WebRetrieve Username and password to complete the request.
  5. Not available via BorrowItNow; click here to request via interlibrary loan.  Request

Once you are logged in to WebRetrieve, the BorrowItNow request will appear in the WebRetrieve book request form.

  • Many form fields will be filled in automatically.
  • Complete any other required fields.
  • Click the "Submit Request" button at the bottom of the page to complete the request.

Participating institutions are:

Arizona State University
Baylor University
Brigham Young University
Colorado State University
Iowa State University
Kansas State University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University, Corvallis
Southern Illinois University
Southern Methodist University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Hawaii
University of Houston
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Kansas
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Nevada Las Vegas
University of New Mexico
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
University of Utah
University of Wyoming
Utah State University
Washington University, St. Louis

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