An official website of the United States government.

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you've safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Borrow Materials

How to Request Items

If you are a:
Member of the general public

Contact your local library.

Fees: Determined by your local library.

Library, association or organization representative

Option 1:  Submit an interlibrary loan request through:

  • OCLC (NAL's symbol: AGL), or
  • DOCLINE (NAL's library ID: MDUNAL)

Option 2:  Register for a patron ID and then use your patron ID to request items:


  • if invoiced: $25
  • if paid through OCLC’s Interlibrary Loan Fee Management Service (IFM): $18
  • if a member of an exempted group: $0


Exempted Groups: The following groups do not have to pay to request items:

  • U.S. federal agencies (other than USDA)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Land Grant Tribal Colleges
  • Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance members (CIRLA)
  • Agricultural Libraries Network (AGLINET) member libraries, when the materials requested have been published in the United States.

NOTE: AGLINET member libraries will be charged the standard fee for libraries, associations and organizations when they request materials published outside the United States.

USDA employee

Register for a patron ID and then use your patron ID to request items:

Fees: $25

When Items Will Be Delivered

  • Standard requests--two business days from receipt of request
  • Rush requests--not available

How Items Will Be Delivered

  • Articles and other copied materials will be delivered by email.
  • Loans of original materials will be delivered by standard postal mail.