UAB Libraries Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery to Resume Borrowing and Lending of Physical Items

On October 5, 2020, UAB Libraries Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery will resume borrowing and lending of physical items.

For physical items requested, all users can add a pick up location (either Sterne Library or Lister Hill Library) in their ILL accounts.

A user who chooses to pick up an item at Lister Hill Library will received an e-mail stating that their item will be available to pick up within 24 hours.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact Eddie Luster at or (205) 934-6364.

In order to streamline Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services and provide an easier ILL experience for our users, the UAB Libraries is changing the way you access your ILL account. Beginning on September 1, 2020, all ILL requests must be made through the UAB Libraries ILL website. This will allow all UAB users to access their ILL account from a single website and eliminate the need to maintain multiple ILL accounts.

If you are an existing Sterne Library ILL user, you don’t need to do anything. You can log into the new site using your current ILL account information. If you are an existing Lister Hill Library ILL user, you will be prompted to create a new ILL account the first time you log into the new site. All users can now add a pickup location for physical items (either Sterne Library or Lister Hill Library) in their ILL accounts.

Existing Lister Hill ILL accounts will remain active for accessing request histories and requested electronic items until November 1, 2020. After that date, those accounts will no longer be accessible, but you will still be able to get a copy of your request history from our ILL staff.

If you have any questions about this change or how it may affect you, please contact Eddie Luster (

UAB Libraries offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and document delivery services through Sterne Library and Lister Hill Library. ILL is a service that enables you to borrow materials not available at the UAB Libraries from other libraries throughout the world. Through this service, UAB Libraries provides access to materials to support faculty, staff, and students in their study and research. Materials ordered through the Interlibrary Loan service should be for scholarly purposes. Document Delivery is a service that sends you electronic copies of articles from UAB Libraries print journal collection.

Submit an ILL or Document Delivery Request

To submit an ILL or Document Delivery request, please log in to the UAB Libraries Interlibrary Loan System below with your BlazerID and password.

Former Lister Hill Library ILL users may contact the ILL staff at or (205) 934-6364 to access their LHL ILL transaction histories.


There are no fees for Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery requests placed through UAB Libraries.


Get answers common questions about the UAB Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services on this Frequently Asked Questions page.

NOTICE: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.