UBorrow is a service brought to you by the State University Libraries of Florida. Can’t find a book or a particular edition in the UF Libraries’ catalog? Click on UBorrow to borrow it from another university in Florida. Please note: distance learners need to use ILL instead of UBorrow.

To find materials, search the statewide Union catalog.


Picture showing to click on UBorrow icon in top right of http://union.catalog.fcla.edu/ux.jsp? page

What is UBorrow?

UBorrow is an unmediated interlibrary loan service that allows eligible patrons to borrow books directly from participating state university libraries when they aren’t available at UF.

Who can use UBorrow?

All currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff with active accounts in good standing are eligible to use UBorrow.

How does it work?

When you do a search in the UF catalog, you will see the UBorrow link in the upper right-hand corner of your results. This link will take you to the State University Libraries’ catalog, showing all of the available books in the system that match your search. If you see something you want, click on the UBorrow icon in the item record. You’ll be prompted to log into your library account, and to select where you’d like to pick up the book. You’ll receive an email when your book arrives, usually within a few days.

What about distance patrons?

UBorrow is not available for distance patrons at this time. Please continue to use ILLiad to request library materials.

What if the book isn’t available?

If the book can’t be supplied by any participating state university system library, you’ll get an email letting you know, along with a link to ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan service here at UF. Following the link will allow you to request this material from libraries outside of the SUS.

Can I use UBorrow from my home computer?

Yes, you can access UBorrow anywhere simply by logging in to the UF library catalog.

What are the loan periods for UBorrow?

UBorrow books are loaned for 60 days from the time the item arrives at our library. To get the full benefit of the loan, please pick up your books promptly!

Can I renew UBorrow books?

You can request one renewal for your book; but it’s up to the owning library to approve the request. Send your renewal request before the due date; you will get an email shortly thereafter notifying you of the new due date or denying the request.
Materials borrowed through UBorrow can usually be renewed once for an additional 30 days if not needed by another patron.

What happens if my books are overdue?

UBorrow books are just like books you borrow from the UF libraries: you will receive email overdue notices and, if not resolved promptly, your borrowing privileges may be blocked. You will also be fined by the UF libraries for all overdue, lost and damaged UBorrow loans. Fines and Fee policies.

Where should I return my UBorrow books?

You should return UBorrow materials to the same desk where you picked up and checked them out.

Who can I contact for help?

Call us or email.