Library Express On-Grounds (LEO delivery)

Faculty and graduate students can use the LEO service for delivery of library material for personal research use to departments on Grounds and Library locations. LEO delivery is also offered for items acquired via Interlibrary Loan.

Request process

For all LEO delivery users…

To request UVA materials from Virgo:

  • To request a book, visit the Virgo catalog to search for your material.
  • After viewing the details of your selection, click 'Request item'. You will be prompted to sign in or create an account, if you haven't already. Select 'LEO delivery to my department' and then click Place Hold.

To request materials not owned by the UVA Library:

  • Sign in to your VIRGO account using your Netbadge credentials. You will be prompted to create an account if this is your first use. (Check out our tutorial for step-by-step instructions.)
  • From My Account, select the Requests option then choose the appropriate request type from the Make a New Request section. Fill in as much information as you have available to ensure we borrow the correct item. (Be sure to hit the Submit button at the bottom.)
  • Requests for materials from other institutions are usually filled in 3-10 working days.

For graduate students who wish to use departmental delivery…

Please take the following steps to set up your location:

  • Check the departmental delivery list* below to ensure your department is available
  • To change your existing account to have materials delivered a department location, email to request your desired departmental location be added to your account. If you are just creating your account, be sure to select “LEO to Department” as your preferred delivery method, as well as a building name from the dropdown menu.
  • To have materials delivered to a Library location, you can select a preferred location in your ILLiad account. No further setup actions need to be taken.

*Faculty can utilize these locations and more. A full listing of faculty delivery options can be found in your ILLiad account.

Notice to Health Science Library users

The HSL Interlibrary Loan system operates separately from the UVA Library system. Please enter the ILLiad system here. If you need assistance, please contact the Health Science Library at (434) 924-5444.  

Delivery of material

All book chapters and articles will be delivered via e-mail in PDF format.

Materials/scans available from the UVA collection will be delivered within 1-2 working days for faculty. Deliveries to grad students arrive in 4 working days or fewer.

Material obtained through a loan from another university will be delivered usually within 3-10 working days.

Items must be returned to a Library location or book drop.

Departmental delivery options for graduate students

The following departments provide secure holding space where LEO items for graduate students can be delivered:

  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Classics
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • German/Slavic
  • History
  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Religious Studies
  • Politics

Jump to "Request process" above to see how to set up departmental delivery.

Not seeing your department? Please email to see if your department can be added. Graduate students also have the option of getting materials delivered to any Library location.

When an item is delivered to a department, no notification is sent to alert the requester. Items delivered to Library locations will receive a notification.

The choice to have a book delivered to a department means that that item will be checked out upon delivery, and the responsibility for the safety of that item with the user from that point on. This is the implied consent given by use of this service. Users can always choose any library location to hold their items for pickup if they do not wish to consent.


Graduate students may have 25 active requests. As soon as a Scan request has been saved on the server for you to access, OR an ILL or UVA item has been checked out to you, it no longer counts toward your active request count.

Certain types of materials cannot be delivered via LEO. These materials include items like those made "in-library use only" by lending libraries, items from the Reference collection, DVDs, and microfiche.

Learn more about how to use LEO Delivery. 

Frequently asked questions

Contact information

Interlibrary loan & LEO
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructional scanning
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.