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Getting Copies of Journal Articles, Books and Other NLM Materials

Question: How can I get a journal article, book, report or audiovisual that NLM owns?

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) does not loan materials to individuals, but there are several ways to get NLM owned materials. Check your local library first. The same item may be available there. Ask your library to get an item from us through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The ILL request to the NLM must come from your local library. Contact your library about their ILL services and fees.

NLM does not lend materials in original form to institutions outside the U.S., except for U.S. Territories. Photocopied articles are available to international libraries. For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan Fact Sheet at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/ill.html

You may be able to set up a Loansome Doc account with a medical or university library and order your documents from your personal computer. See the Loansome Doc Fact Sheet at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/loansome_doc.html. Call 1-800-338-7657 to find a participating library.

If you live outside the United States and would like to register for Loansome Doc, please read the information found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/ldnonus.html

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Last reviewed: 22 September 2008
Last updated: 22 September 2008
First published: 01 January 1998
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