Interlibrary loan and document delivery

More than 6 million items in the University Library and its campus libraries – yet some are not available in Freiburg and others are difficult to access.

Book dispatch

We offer the option of an interlibrary loan service to help make sure you are adequately equipped for your research and teaching, training and further education. You can also use our completely separate document delivery service at any time. University employees also have access to a scan service for deliveries within the campus. An overview of these services is given below.

Interlibrary loan Borrowing media not held in Freiburg


You can reserve media not held in libraries in Freiburg via the Interlibrary Loans Portal. Searches performed in the catalogue via interlibrary loan scan the catalogues of numerous German libraries. You can select the items you need from this huge range of media.


You can reserve items once your search is complete. Please note that not everything listed in the Interlibrary Loans Portal can be delivered.

You can only reserve one volume or article at a time. If you need several works, please reserve them accordingly. To log in, use your University Library account number as the username and enter your password. Members of the University of Freiburg use their UniAccount.

Each reservation incurs a processing fee of EUR 1.50. This is always charged, regardless of the actual delivery method. You can view your outstanding reservations and fees in your University Library account at any time.

Which media cannot be delivered?


An order is usually delivered within one to three weeks. For works that we cannot find directly in another library, the processing time may be slightly longer. As soon as we receive your order, we will notify you by e-mail. In the case of article orders, we will send you a link to the download. This will be available for 30 days.

You will also receive an email from us if your reservation cannot be delivered. There are several reasons for this. It may be that we just need to query something with you. Please respond by email or telephone or visit us at the information desk.

Collection and returns

You can collect your interlibrary loan reservation at the information desk. You have until the return date to do so. We will inform you of the date via email.  

Delivered books can either be taken out on loan or used in the reading rooms – the final decision is made by the library that owns the book. You should return them to the information desk once you are finished with them. Library users are allowed to make copies of the items.


Books on interlibrary loan can usually be borrowed for 28 days. The return date can be extended once. We provide this service subject to certain conditions. We will email you if the library that owns the work needs it back. If this happens, please return the interlibrary loan item as soon as possible.

When borrowing on interlibrary loan, some libraries give us a fixed return date when they deliver. Unfortunately, these items cannot be renewed.

Document delivery services The fastest way to get a document

The fastest way to get a documentIf you need books or essays at short notice, you can reserve them via a document delivery service. The various providers obtain the literature from a library and deliver it directly to you – the University Library is not involved in this process. To reserve, simply select the item you need in the provider’s database. The delivery type, costs and time will vary depending on the delivery service. Delivery services:


Campus scan service On campus article delivery service

Staff at the university can order articles from journals and monographs from the holdings of the University Library and its campus libraries via our scan service.

You can find more information and the order form here.

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