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Loansome Doc

Drexel University Libraries' Loansome Doc is a document delivery service available for PubMed users. We will deliver articles available in-house, and if requested, can obtain the rest via interlibrary loan.


We offer this service to both affiliated users (Drexel University alumni) and unaffiliated users who aren't affiliated with any university or hospital library. Drexel University Libraries may terminate the eligibility of individuals who do not pay for materials received, or who are not satisfied with the library's service standards.


$20.00* per article for

  • Direct health care providers (doctors, nurses, allied health professionals)
  • Alumni of Drexel University
  • Self-employed

        *$20.00 surcharge per article for RUSH

$40.00* per article for

  • For-profit companies

       *$40.00 surcharge per article for RUSH

Payment methods

Invoices are sent monthly. Accepted methods of payment are by check or by credit card.

Turn-around Times/Delivery Methods

Please allow three workdays for in-house articles.  Allow four to thirty days for articles obtained via interlibrary loan. Articles are posted to your ILLiad account in PDF format. You will be notified via email when articles are ready for download (a direct link to your article is provided in the email).

Rush Service: Please contact us before you submit your articles if you need rush service.

Registration Procedure

Registration is a multi-step process.

  • Contact us via email at to indicate that you wish to use our Loansome Doc service and that you agree to our terms.
  • With the information you provide, we will then create an account for you in ILLiad. Once this has been created, we will send you a notification email.
  • Once you receive that email, you may then start requesting articles in PubMed.

Request Procedure using PubMed

In the top-right corner of any PubMed search results screen, you'll see a Send to link. To email us a single citation, click the Send to link, then:

  • Select the E-mail radio button from the Choose Destination list.
  • Add our email address (, and fill in the blanks below.
  • Edit the Subject line if needed.
  • Be sure to include your name and other contact information along with any special instructions in the Additional Text box.
  • Click the E-mail button at the bottom of the form to send.

To send multiple copy requests, first collect your citations using the PubMed Clipboard.

  • For each article of interest, click the Send to link.
  • Select the Clipboard radio button from the Choose Destination list. (You can choose multiple citations from a single search, or from several different searches.)
  • Once you've collected all of the article citations you wish to send, click the Clipboard: (Number) of Items from any results screen to visit the Clipboard.<\li>
  • Use Send to E-mail as for a single citation. (If you don't click check boxes for individual citations, all citations will be sent when you Send to E-mail. Or, you can change your mind about which items on the Clipboard to send by selecting individual citations from the list.)
  • Be sure to include your name and other contact information along with any special instructions in the Additional Text box.
  • Click the E-mail button at the bottom of the form to send.

Request Procedure using ILLiad

You may also submit your requests directly in ILLiad (one article per request please)

  • Log into ILLiad using the username and password provided during registration
  • On the left-hand menu, under New Request, click on Article
  • Fill in the request form, be as complete as you can.
  • When finished, click the Submit Request button