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We continue to provide support online for GVSU students, faculty, and staff through our online services.


Policies: Document Delivery

Document Delivery is offered to current GVSU Students, Faculty, Emeritus Faculty, Retirees, and Staff. GVSU University Libraries will pay up to $20.00 on your behalf for each item requested (this is almost always enough to get the item to you without charge). Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery of items.

What can I get through Document Delivery?

  • Articles not available online.
  • Books, videos, DVDs, and Theses that GVSU does not own or that are lost.

We cannot borrow the following items through Document Delivery:

  • Textbooks
  • Rare books
  • Complete issues of journals
  • Genealogy
  • Physical books if GVSU owns the eBook version


How many requests can I place through Document Delivery?


Number of Requests

Undergraduate Student

10 active requests

Graduate Student

20 active requests

Faculty, Staff, and Retirees

30 active requests

Digital Copies and Borrowed Books, Music, DVDs, etc.

  • Digital Copies are available to download for 14 days.
  • GVSU's Library honors the due date and any use restrictions specified by the supplying library. These restrictions include but are not limited to: in library use only, no renewals, short loan periods, or any other potential restriction the lending library imposes.
  • You may request 1 renewal from the lending library, and renewals on borrowed items are done at the discretion of the lending library.
  • Items more than 7 days overdue may not be renewed.
  • If you have items more than 14 days overdue, your account will be blocked.