Request Delivery & ALF Requests (offsite storage)

Indiana University students, faculty and staff may place requests online via IUCAT for delivery of materials to another library in the IU system. Requests between IU Bloomington campus libraries generally take 2-4 business days to complete. Requests for delivery coming from other IU campuses may take 7-10 business days to complete.

You may also use Request Delivery to have an item pulled from the shelf and held at the same library for you to pick up, but because requests may take up to 4 working days to complete, you may find it quicker to come to the library and locate the item yourself. Also note that for items held at multiple libraries, our library system randomizes requests to manage demand, so there is no guarantee of the home location of the item sent to you (that is, an item held at Fort Wayne and Wells Library, requested for pickup at Wells is as likely to come from Fort Wayne as from the upper stacks at Wells).

Find more information about Request Delivery in the Knowledge Base article, "At IU, how can I get materials from another library through IUCAT?"


Materials that are checked out may not be requested. Materials from the IUB Kinsey Library, Lilly Library, CEDIR Library, Archives of Traditional Music Library, University Archives, and the Bloomington Residence Halls are excluded. In addition, some materials (i.e. reference books, other non-circulating collections, and short-term loan collections such as DVDs and Wells Core Collection) from other libraries may be excluded.

ALF Requests (offsite storage)

Many items in the IUB Libraries' collections are housed in a collections vault at the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF). The materials housed in the ALF are listed in the library online catalog, IUCAT.

More information about requesting ALF items