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Loansome Doc Registration

Loansome Doc is a way for users of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed to order documents. 

If you are a member of the VCU or VCU Health System communities, use ILLiad instead of Loansome Doc.

Register for Loansome Doc

Part 1: VCU Registration

  1. Decide which category describes you:
    • Corporate/Commercial Users: users requesting materials for their for-profit business
    • Health Care Professionals: users requesting materials for patient care, medical and clinical research
    • Residents/Individuals: users requesting materials for personal use
  2. Complete the VCU registration form.
  3. You will receive the VCU identification number you'll need for the second part of the registration. 

Part 2: Loansome Doc Registration

  1. Complete NLM's Loansome Doc Registration form.
  2. Note your preferred method of delivery. 
  3. Use the VCU identification number from part 1 for both the library identifier and your authorization code.

Using Loansome Doc

  • While reviewing your PubMed search results, you may select articles you want to order.
  • The National Library of Medicine sends information on you and your articles to VCU Libraries.
  • We retrieve requests daily, Monday through Friday. 
    • If we own the article, we will fill the request within two working days.
    • If we do not own the article, we will use the NLM's interlibrary loan system to get the article from another library. The time for delivery by another library may vary. 
  • You may receive your items in one of the following ways (as selected on your registration form): 
    • Electronic delivery
    • U.S. first class mail
    • Pick-up at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences Service Desk
    • Pick-up at the James Branch Cabell Library Service Desk
    • Fax


  • Corporate/Commercial Users: $35 per filled request
  • Health Care Professionals: $11 per filled request. No charge to Community Memorial Hospital employees.
  • Residents/Individuals: $11 per filled request
  • Additional charges may include:
    • Fax : $10
    • Rush: $10
  • VCU Libraries reserves the right to double the charges for copies over 30 pages.
  • Invoices will be mailed to the address you provided on your registration form.
  • Pay with cash, credit card or check.

Need help?

Email or call (804) 828-1115, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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