Interlibrary Loans and Reciprocal Borrowing


The UWS library is committed to providing all materials you need for your academic success. If we do not own a book, video or article that you need, we will borrow it for you from another library. Article requests are often fulfilled in a matter of hours, books may take a few days to complete. Book and video/DVD returns are made to the UWS circulation desk and will be managed by library staff. ILL service is available to students free of charge.


The UWS library is part of the Portland Academic Health Libraries (PAHL) Consortium, which includes National University of Natural Medicine [NUNM], Oregon College of Oriental Medicine [OCOM], and Oregon Health and Sciences University [OHSU]. Students and faculty may check out materials held in the collections of these schools either by requesting through the online catalog for pick-up at UWS or by going to those institutions directly with valid UWS identification. To view the collections of these schools select “UWS + PAHL” on the online catalog search bar. The librarians at the UWS library are available to assist in the requesting of materials from these sister schools and will gladly handle returns.

The library also has a reciprocal use agreement with Multnomah University. This agreement means that students from either institution can check out materials from the other library, and that students from either institution are welcomed as on-campus library users.

Before you request an interlibrary loan, please see interlibrary loan tips for requesters.


The UWS library was invited to join an elite group of libraries for the OCLC’s Express digital delivery program! The Express program connects high-performing libraries committed to delivering digital resources within 18 hours.

UWS was invited to join the Express program because of the team’s fast turnaround for article requests. As a member of this program, the UWS library is able to get articles for users more quickly from libraries who have a similarly demonstrated commitment to fast turnaround/delivery.