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Resource Sharing: What Can I Request?

Research Resources



Borrow Direct
(603) 646-9307

Baker Berry DartDoc
(603) 646-2596

Biomedical Libraries DartDoc
(603) 646-8629

Undergraduates, Visiting Scholars, and Employee Family Members

Undergraduates, visiting scholars, and employee family members can request books, articles and other materials that are not owned by Dartmouth or that are currently checked out.

Before requesting an item, make sure it isn’t already available. Many books required for classes are available on reserve.

If we own the book you want but it is in storage or at the Biomedical Libraries, you may use the "Request Selected Item" feature in the online catalog to have the item delivered to a library on campus.

If you’ve found an article you’d like to request, check the catalog to see if we already own it. If it’s not accessible online, we may still have the journal in print. Check out the video below for more details.

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Faculty, staff and PhD candidates can request books, articles and other materials that are not owned by Dartmouth. In addition, they may use the "Request Selected Item" or DartDoc feature in the online catalog to request items from the collections to be delivered to a choice of libraries on campus. Articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically unless otherwise requested.

Alumni and Guest Borrowers

We are happy to fill requests for alumni and guest borrowers with a current library account. If you don’t have one, you can contact Circulation at 603-646-2567 to learn what's needed to set up an account. The circulation account is free to alumni. Guest borrowers may purchase an account for a three month or year-long period.

However, there is a cost for all filled transactions for both guest borrowers and alumni. Each filled transaction will cost $16.00 for guest users and alumni. Corporate borrowers are charged $25.00 per transaction. This information can also be found on the DartDoc login page.

Off-Campus Users

While we cannot provide physical loans for off-campus users, you are welcome to place requests for articles, individual book chapters, and other electronic documents through DartDoc.

We cannot currently borrow eBooks from other libraries, but you can access electronic books available within Dartmouth’s catalog. Resources include the Dartmouth Digital Library Program, the Project Muse collection, Dartmouth eBook finder, and Summon, in which you can limit searches by online availability.

To learn about accessing articles and electronic materials, check out Off-Campus Access to Library Resources.


Though we understand that textbook prices are especially high, the library urges you to consider carefully before requesting required class textbooks via Interlibrary Loan. Why?

  • ILL is designed for short term borrowing and you would not be able to keep the book for the entire semester. The due dates are set by the lending library, not the Dartmouth Libraries, and renewals are not always allowed by the lending library.
  • Loaned books usually take between 4 days and 2 weeks to arrive, so you could already be behind in your classwork and reading by the time they arrive.
  • Few libraries purchase textbooks, and if they do, they typically reserve them for their students' use.
  • Even fewer libraries have the newest editions that are required for classes.

If you decide to request a textbook, we will attempt to borrow it for you. However, since these books are often difficult to obtain, your request might not be successfully filled. Also, please be aware that all requests for books currently on Reserve will be canceled, as the item is available on campus.

As an alternative, many sites offer discounted and used textbooks as well as textbook rentals. You can rent text books for extended periods of time, often longer than we can borrow them, even with one renewal. 

Here are some examples of the options available: