Home Loan Delivery

KU Libraries is pleased to offer a home loan delivery service. KU faculty, staff, authorized affiliates and students (living outside of Douglas and Johnson Counties) will be able to request home delivery through Retrieve from Shelf. In some cases, we also will mail items received via interlibrary loan, WebRetrieve, if they can be removed from the building and have a sufficient loan period. We welcome your participation and feedback as we develop this service.


KU faculty, staff, authorized affiliates and students, living in the United States outside of Douglas and Johnson Counties.

Requesting materials

Patrons may request Home Loan Delivery of materials that are available through the KU Libraries through Retrieve from Shelf or WebRetrieve/Interlibrary Borrowing from other libraries. To use the home loan delivery service, please indicate your interlibrary loan pickup location "Home Loan Delivery" and provide your mailing address.

Delivery of materials

Loaned materials will be delivered to your home loan delivery mailing address. Materials will be sent via FedEx Ground from the KU Libraries' collections or from other libraries (obtained via interlibrary loan). Delivery of materials may take one to two weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Returning materials

Please observe the due dates on the materials sent to you. Patrons are responsible for materials at time of check out by the library staff until the safe return of materials to the library. The patron will be charged for any fines related to materials that are lost in the mail. It is strongly suggested that you insure any materials you return for at least $100. The postmark is considered the return date. Please mail to:

Home Loan Delivery
Interlibrary Loan – University of Kansas Libraries
Watson Library
1425 Jayhawk Blvd Rm 210L
Lawrence, KS 66045-7544

For your convenience you will receive a printed KU Libraries Home Loan Delivery return label. Alternately, you may return books in person at any of the KU library locations; please see For On-Site Returns or Walk-up Book Returns for more information.

Renewing materials

KU items may be renewed online, see Renewing Library Materials for more information. Renewing ILL items is sometimes possible. ILL renewals must be requested through the Interlibrary Loan office.


All materials are subject to being recalled (returned to the library earlier than the due date) if requested by another patron. In this case, the material MUST BE RETURNED (or postmarked) BY THE RECALL DUE DATE. Please check Recalling Library Materials regarding policies for KU items.


Materials not returned by the date due are subject to overdue fines and lost book replacement charges, please see Fines and Fees, Lost Book and Damage Charges for information regarding policies for KU items. Please check under Interlibrary Loan and document delivery requests "Policies" tab for more information regarding ILL policies.

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