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What is DocXpress?

You can use DocXpress Document Delivery Service to:

  • Request a PDF copy of an article from a journal that is not available through Lane Library
  • Borrow a physical book that is not available through Lane Library. We cannot borrow eBooks from external libraries.
  • Request scans of an article or book chapter from print resources that Lane Library owns

Most services are free of charge for Stanford Medicine affiliates. This page includes information about how to create a DocXpress account and make a request. See more detailed policy and service information on the DocXpress website.

DocXpress business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays. The average turnaround time for normal PDF requests is usually 1-2 business days. For rush and urgent patient care requests, We will do our best to obtain articles as quickly as possible, usually the same day. This service is not available on weekends. Books usually arrive in 1-2 weeks. You will receive an email notification when the book has arrived at Lane Library and is ready for you to pick up.

Who Can Use DocXpress?

You are eligible to use Lane Library's DocXpress Document Delivery service if you are:

  • A student, faculty, or staff member at Stanford School of Medicine
  • A staff member at Stanford Hospital and Clinics or Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
  • A student in a Stanford Bioengineering/BioX program
  • A Stanford undergraduate student in HumBio majors

Please note: Stanford University users not affiliated with the School of Medicine, including undergraduates who are not HumBio or BioX majors, must use Stanford University Libraries Interlibrary Borrowing service. If you are not affiliated with Stanford, please contact your local public library for help making interlibrary loan requests.

For more detailed information about your affiliate status, see our Who Can Use Lane Library page.

How to Create an Account

A or Stanford hospital email address is required to create an account. Gmail and other addresses will not be accepted.

For First Time Users

  1. From the DocXpress homepage, select "First time users: Register"
  2. You must agree to the terms of Lane Library's copyright notice
  3. Complete the registration form with your or Stanford hospital email address. Passwords must be at least 8 characters long, include at least one upper and lower case letter, and at least one number. Please do not use your SUNet ID/password for this account. The DocXpress system is completely separate from the university network.
  4. You may begin placing requests immediately

How to Make a Request

There are three options for making requests through DocXpress. If you have any trouble making a request, please contact us.

Option 1: Make a Request with a PMID or DOI

  1. Login to DocXpress and choose "Article" under "New Request" in the side navigation menu
  2. Enter the PMID or DOI number for the article you want to request
  3. The request form will auto-populate with the article information. Enter any special instructions and submit your request.

Option 2: Request an Article Using the FindIt@Stanford Button within PubMed

  1. Start at the library website to search for your article using Lane Search or connect to PubMed from the library's website.
  2. Display the PubMed record for the article. You will see a "Stanford" button in the upper right. Click on this button. This takes you to the FindIt@Stanford page.

    If you are using another database like Scopus or Web of Science instead of PubMed, you may see the Stanford University FindIt@Stanford button:
  3. The FindIt@Stanford page will show if the full text of the article is available through Lane Library. If it is not available, select "Lane DocXpress Document Delivery Service" under the heading, "Can't Find It? Request Article." The login screen for DocXpress will appear.
  4. Login into DocXpress with your username and password.
  5. The details of the article will auto-populate the fields of the request form.
  6. Enter any special instructions. Select from the drop-down menu for "Rush" and "Urgent Patient Care" if applicable.
  7. Click on the "Submit Request"

Option 3: Manually Enter Item Information

  1. You may manually enter citation information into the request form. Please provide as much information as possible.
  2. Enter any special instructions if needed.
  3. Click "Submit Request"

Retrieving your article

Email notifications are sent when articles have been delivered to your account. Log into your DocXpress account. You can download the article for 30 days from your account.