Borrowing from other libraries (ILL)

If Utrecht University Library does not have the book or jounal you are looking for, you can request the material from other libraries in the Netherlands and from foreign libraries via the university library. This is called ILL (Interlibrary Request.) In some cases it is only possible to consult the items in the library.

You request the material via WorldCat by means of an Interlibrary Request. To request material from other libraries you need a valid library card and (guest) Solis ID

Please note: It may happen that foreign material is not for loan but for consultation only. In that case you must consult the material in the Special Collections Reading Room in the University Library Utrecht Science Park.

Requesting material with Interlibrary Request

Under Availability and Libraries Worldwide in WorldCat you find the button Interlibrary request​.

Please note: the system determines to which library the request is sent. You cannot influence this process.



Are you not affiliated with Utrecht University? In that case, having material from other libraries sent to Utrecht is not free of charge. View the rates on our price list.


You are obliged to follow the ILL regulations.

Borrowing free of charge or at a discount from other libraries

As a Utrecht University student or staff member, you can borrow books free of charge from all other Dutch university libraries and the library of the Hogeschool Utrecht. 
Utrecht University students can register as borrowers at a 50 % discount at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands).