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​Get Items Not in the State Library

The State Library of Pennsylvania provides interlibrary loan service to enable Pennsylvania state government employees and contractors to request to borrow items that are not in the cataloged collection.

Commonwealth employees, PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) faculty and staff, and commonwealth interns and contractors with a valid state library card may use interlibrary loan service.

E-ZBorrow for Books

State employees may use E-ZBorrow to request books that are not available in the State Library Online Catalog.

E-ZBorrow is used to request books via interlibrary loan from over 68 academic libraries in the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI).  

  • Go to E-Zborrow to place a request

    • Enter information into the white search box about the book you are looking for; use the drop-down box to search by title, author, or subject or try "Advanced Search" to add multiple search terms.

    • View the list of results.  When you find the title you want, click on "Request."  (Note: Only books can be borrowed via E-ZBorrow, not journal articles or electronic resources.)

    • Choose "State Library of Pennsylvania" from the drop-down list for Select Home Institution.  

    • Enter the barcode number on your current active State Library card in the field for Library Card Number.  This is the barcode number on the library card issued to you or the number you received via email.  (Contact if you have lost your card or don't know the number.) 

    • The next screen asks you to confirm the request.  Select "Circulation" as the pickup location. Indicate a date needed by and add information about specific volumes or any additional notes about your request.  Click on "Confirm request." 

    • You will receive an email at the address associated with your library card account from the EZBorrow system to inform you that your request has been accepted.

  • When the book is delivered to the State Library for your use, you will be notified via email and can decide to pick up or have it delivered.

    • Pick up the requested book(s) from the library's circulation desk during open hours.

    • State Library staff can also send the book to your home address by request. If you wish to have home delivery, contact the State Library at after you have received notification that the book is ready.   Staff will verify the home address on file and prepare to ship the package to you.  The package will be delivered with return instructions and a label.

  • To renew books, select the Account Info tab in the State Library Catalog/Primo.  Not all Interlibrary Loan items can be renewed as it is based on the lending library's policies.

Request Journal Articles or Books Not Found in E-ZBorrow?

Complete one of the forms below to request articles or books that are not available through the online catalog or through E-ZBorrow:

Contact Information:

Interlibrary loan phone: (717) 787-4130
Interlibrary loan e-mail: