Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Borrowing Eligibility

  • If you are NOAA staff or a contractor on the Silver Spring campus, the NOAA Central Library will handle your ILL requests.
  • If you are NOAA staff or contractor outside of Silver Spring, you can get ILL through your local NOAA library. If you aren't served by another NOAA library, the NOAA Central Library will do ILL for you.
  • If you are not affiliated with NOAA, the NOAA Central Library cannot do ILL for you. Contact your local public library for ILL services.

Submitting Requests

You can submit ILL requests in one of two ways:

We ask that your request include the most complete citation information you can find for the item wanted, plus your name, contact information, and NOAA line office. If you need the item by a certain date, please include that as well.

How Long Does it Take?

  • Journal articles, book chapters, or anything else we receive in PDF usually arrive within four business days. There is no loan period - PDFs are yours to keep.
  • Physical items such as books can take up to two weeks to arrive as they come through the mail.

Loan Periods and Renewals 

  • Loan periods for physical items are set by the lending library, and are usually at least four weeks. We can usually request renewals, but they are not guaranteed.
  • Please return items on time. If you do not return items by their due dates, we risk hurting our relationships with lending libraries, which would restrict our ability to borrow in the future.

Contact Information

Need more help? Please contact us or see us in person.
NOAA Central Library
1315 East-West Highway
SSMC3, 2nd Floor, R/CFO10
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
(301) 713-2600 x137