Off-Campus Access


Interlibrary Loan

About the Service

Interlibrary Loan Service provides access to the materials that are currently not held in collections of Tsinghua University Libraries.The registered students and faculty of the main campus of Tsinghua University are eligible for using this service.

Interlibrary Loan Service includes Interlibrary Book Loan Service and Document Delivery Service. Interlibrary Book Loan Service assists readers to borrow book(s) from domestic and foreign libraries. When finishing the reading, the book(s) should be returned. Document Delivery Service assists readers to obtain articles and other materials that need not to be returned.

To use the Interlibrary Loan Service, you can register and log in Tsinghua University Library ILL (Interlibrary Loan) System to submit your request. Before registration, please make sure that you have opened your library privilege. After submitting a request, an exclusive request number will be generated, and you can track the processing status of your request with the request number. Please always remember to check the library catalogue before making a request.

When the request is completed/finished, an email will be sent to you about the final status and charges (if any) of the request, and you will also be informed about how to get the requested material.

New User Registration / Log In

· Registration

New users have to register on Tsinghua University Library ILL System before logging in.

Use your info ID number and password to activate the registration and you will be asked to fill in a registration form. You will have to fill in both your phone number and e-mail address so as to get approved. Normally, our staff deals with new account approval twice a day during workdays. In urgent circumstances, please call us for an immediate approval.

· Log in

Use your info ID number and password to log in Tsinghua University Library ILL System and place a request.

* Please provide book or document information as detailed as possible so that you can receive the requested book or document within the shortest time.

* If the information exceeds the character limit, you can fill in the remarks column at the bottom of the page.

* Always remember to fill in the “cost limit” blank noted with an asterisk symbol so as to submit a request successfully.

* You can check the progress of the request after logging in the system at anytime.

* The loan period for books borrowed through interlibrary loan service is comparatively short. Please pick up and return the requested book at the Interlibrary Loan Counter in time or a fine would be generated.

* The loan period for a book would be calculated since the second day that Interlibrary Loan Counter receives the book instead of the day the reader picks up the book.

Interlibrary Book Loan

Interlibrary Book Loan is a traditional part of interlibrary services. There are two ways to borrow a book owned by other libraries.

• Place a request through Tsinghua University Library ILL System

Eligible patrons can place a request through Tsinghua University Library ILL System. Our staff will help the reader to check which cooperative library holds the book and request the book from that library. When the book arrives, an email will be sent to inform you to pick up the book you request at Interlibrary Loan Counter. The book should be returned to Interlibrary Loan Counter before the due date and cannot be renewed.

• Use an Interlibrary Card

Eligible patrons may choose among a list of cooperative libraries to borrow an Interlibrary Card using your Tsinghua University Library Card at Interlibrary Loan Counter . Then you can go to the cooperative library and borrow books according to corresponding policies.

Note: fines for overdue Interlibrary Card is 1 yuan per day. Please make sure that you have returned the book(s) to their library before returning the Interlibrary Card to us.

Document Delivery

Eligible patrons can also use our document delivery services to request journal articles, conference papers, technical report, thesis, standard, patent and other document materials. Please place a request through Tsinghua University Library ILL System.

• Electronic delivery

If the requested document is supplied in electronic format, we will forward it to your email directly. This is the fastest and most convenient method for document delivery, which is widely accepted and used both at home and abroad.

• Delivery by post

However, some document could only be supplied in paper format due to copyright issues. We will send you an email when the requested document arrives. Please pick up the document at the Interlibrary Loan Counter and pay the fees.


Service Fee Standard under Subsidy Policy

Tsinghua University Library provides financial support to all students and faculties of Tsinghua University for using interlibrary book loan and document delivery services. The details of service fee standard under subsidy policy are as follows:


Document Type

Domestic Libraries

Oversea Libraries

actual cost(RMB)

paid after subsidy(RMB)

actual cost(RMB)

paid after subsidy(RMB)


BookFrom 6 to 60 yuan (from 200 to 400 yuan in Hong Kong)

0 yuan, Borrowing no more than 5 books (100 yuan from Hong Kong libraries )

from 350 to 800 yuan

150 yuan per book

Journal/Proceedings Article

from a few to tens of yuan

0 yuan

from 130 to 300 yuan

30 yuan per paper


more than ten totensofyuan


Hundreds to thousands of yuan


if the thesis is obtained through special access, the subsidy is 70% of theactual cost and the maximum subsidy isup to 500 yuan. The balance of thesubsidy should be paid.


0 yuan

30% of the actual expense incurred should be paid.


from tens to hundreds of yuan

30% of the actual expense incurred should be paid.

The costs of Different standards and Technical Reports vary greatly

The subsidy is 70% of the actual cost and the maximum subsidy is up to 500 yuan. The balance of the subsidy should be paid.

Technical Report

Rush Service (RMB)

An extra 10 yuan will be charged.

If a VAT invoice is needed, the subsidy policy would not be applied and a fee of actual expense incurred will be charged.

* Readers should pay the fees as soon as possible on receiving the requested document(s). Readers need to collect the receipt from the Interlibrary Loan and pay at the Cashier Desk located at Information & Services on1st floor in the North Library (Mochtar Riady Library) during office hours.

* Office Hour: 8:00-12:00 & 13:00-17:00 (from Monday to Friday)

* Rush service is only available for document delivery on workdays (from Monday to Friday). For collections and resources of Tsinghua University Library, the requested document will be sent to the reader through e-mail within 1 workday; for resources not held by Tsinghua University Library, the request will be forwarded to the library that held the resource within 1 workday.

For Overseas Libraries

We would like to provide Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services for overseas libraries as well.You can send your request to: . The charge for Interlibrary Loan is 4-10IFLA and for Document Delivery is 1-2 IFLA voucher per article.

Contact Us

Location: Information & Services, 1st floor in the North Library (Mochtar Riady Library)


Interlibrary Loan

Tsinghua University Library

Qinghua Yuan

Beijing, 100084


Telephone: +86-10-62781326, +86-10-62789563

Fax: +86-10-62781758


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