Interlibrary Loan

Update on interlibrary loan

The Archives of American Art has discontinued interlibrary lending of microfilm.  In place of ILL, researchers will be able to directly request digitization of microfilm reels through our Digitization on Demand service. 

The Archives of American art is happy to make its legacy microfilm collection available for on-demand digitization to all researchers. In place of physical interlibrary lending, we will now scan and deliver PDF copies of microfilm reels through our reproductions service. Requests may be made by individual researchers, or by institutions on their behalf, with the understanding that the delivered scan is for personal, research, or classroom use, and not for reproduction or duplication of any kind.

When placing a request, please keep in mind that all requests are subject to the following conditions:
    Curatorial approval
    Physical condition of the item
    Donor-imposed restrictions

There is a per-reel charge for this service of $40.
Reels are scanned within four weeks of payment, and scans will be delivered to the requesting Aeon account ( for download.
For high-volume requests, or questions regarding the eligibility of collections for this service, please contact

Making a Request
  1.   First, locate the desired collection on the Archives of American Art website using search and browse.
  2.  Next, click the "Make a Reproduction Request" link and specify the microfilm reel number(s) you would like to have scanned.
  3.  Finally, you will be sent to the Archives' Research Request System, Aeon (link opens in a new window) where your request will be processed. First time users will be asked to register in Aeon. To learn more about Aeon or to register, please visit the Research Request System, (link opens in a new window).

Questions? Contact  at (202) 633-7950 or or via Ask a Reference Question.