Article DELivery Service

Article Delivery ServiceThrough the University of Delaware Article DELivery Service, University of Delaware researchers may request copies of articles and book chapters from materials available in University of Delaware Library print and microform collections. Collections Sharing and Delivery staff will copy articles or book chapters and deliver them electronically to users’ ILL accounts.

This service is offered free of charge.


The Article DELivery Service is available to all University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff.

Placing Article DELivery Service Requests

Article DELivery requests may be placed two ways.

After locating the desired item in the catalog and signing in with their DELCAT account, users can click the “Request a Book Chapter” link in the item record to request a scan of a book chapter, or the “Request a Journal Article Scan” link in the item record to request a scan of journal article.

Alternatively, users can log in to the ILL system, and choose the “Article DELivery Service” link to place a request.

A separate request must be placed for each article or chapter to be scanned.

What can be requested on Article DELivery Service?

  • Book chapters and articles from the Morris Library main stacks, the Library Annex, Branch Libraries, and the Education Resource Center.
  • Book chapters and articles from University of Delaware Library microform collections.

Are there limits on what can be copied through the Article DELivery Service?

The Library has established copyright guidelines for the Article DELivery Service based on the copyright law of the United States and current practices in other academic libraries. The Library will not scan more than one chapter from a book or more than one article from a journal issue. Additionally, this service may not be used as a substitute for required class visits to the University of Delaware Library.

Users who wish to view more than one chapter from a book or article from a journal issue are encouraged to visit the Library to use these materials in person.

How long does it take?

Items requested through the Article DELivery Service are usually available in 3-4 business days.

How will articles be delivered?

All requested articles will be delivered in PDF format to requestors’ ILL accounts. Users will receive an email notification when an article has been scanned and delivered to their account. Once delivered, articles will be stored for 30 days.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.