Request Delivery & ALF Requests (offsite storage)

Request Delivery

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).

More information about requesting items via IUCAT, the Libraries' online catalog


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

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.

Most materials from the ALF may be charged out for home or office use, with the exception of several restricted use collections (see Restricted Use Items in content linked below). Faculty, students and staff of Indiana University and Indiana residents may request unrestricted materials to be delivered to any IU system library; borrowers must present an IU ID card or a Library Borrower's card to charge these materials out. Unaffiliated researchers who are not residents of Indiana may request unrestricted ALF items to be delivered to any system library, but will be asked to use materials on-site.

More information about requesting ALF items


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