What do I need to know to join DOCLINE?

Eligibility guidelines

Your library is eligible if it is currently subscribed to a minimum of 25 titles in the health sciences and is willing to lend them through DOCLINE.

The eligibility guidelines are meant to reinforce the role of DOCLINE as a resource sharing system. They are meant to preclude libraries from joining with the intent of only ever using DOCLINE to borrow. They are not meant to prevent libraries with small collections or limited resources from participating.

Within these guidelines, each participating library is entitled to set its own ILL policies, including restricting the scope of its lending and setting ILL fees and similar policies. Commercial document delivery is prohibited in DOCLINE.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides DOCLINE Eligibility Guidelines for becoming a DOCLINE member.

System requirements

  • The only browsers NLM supports for DOCLINE are: Internet Explorer 10.x, and 11.x, and Firefox.
  • At a minimum, your computer must be set to a display resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
  • DOCLINE requires cookies.

For more detailed information, including an explanation of what hardware and software is supported, see the National Library of Medicine's minimum system requirements for DOCLINE.


NRC's National Science Library, the DOCLINE coordinator in Canada, charges each Canadian DOCLINE member a one-time registration fee ($150) and an annual administration fee ($100). These fees are billed in November and help to cover part of the costs incurred as DOCLINE coordinator.

The fees are not part of the document delivery services, managed by the National Science Library's partner, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).

How do I join?

Contact the DOCLINE Coordinator who will outline eligibility requirements, the registration process and answer any questions you might have.

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