About document delivery

We offer electronic delivery of articles and book chapters from the library's collection. This is free for UA students, faculty, staff, and eligible designated campus colleagues (including affiliates, affiliate partners, associates, and associate partners). Not sure if you can request articles and book chapters? Learn what you can access at the library.

We can ship books free of charge to UA affiliates who reside more than 30 miles from the main Tucson campus. Consider requesting a scan of a reasonable portion of a book if you don't urgently need the whole book.

Go to your account to submit and view requests.

What items can I request?

Item: Typically available in:
Articles 2-3 business days 
Book chapters 2-3 business days
Books 3-4 business days

UA instructors can request streaming video for course use.

Who can use this service?

This is a free service for UA affiliates.

How do I access the requested item?

We send links to pdf documents of articles and book chapters to your UA email.

UA affiliates who live more than 30 miles from the University, you can receive library books via Federal Express. Just enter your mailing address and phone number then choose 'Home delivery' as your pickup location when you request your items.

How long can items be used?

The same amount of time as books you check out in person. See checkout and renewal policies.

Articles and book chapters: Available online through your account for 30 days.

Can I renew an item?

Renew your items delivered through Document Delivery just like any other library item. Go to your library account to renew your items.

How do I return items?

You can return materials in person at the Main Library. We send a Fed Ex return label to UA affiliates living more than 30 miles from the main campus. You'll need to print the label and use your own packing material. Be sure we have your current mailing address and phone number- choose "Home delivery" as your pickup location before requesting materials.

Can you ship materials outside the United States?

We can ship library books to faculty, students, and staff who currently reside outside of the United States. International delivery takes 2-3 weeks. We will cover the cost of shipping when sending materials, but you will be responsible for return shipping via air service (Airmail, DHL).


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in 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. The University of Arizona Libraries reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgment fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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