Library & Learning Services
If there's a particular item you want but can't find in the Library Catalogue, you can request it using our inter-library loan service.
Christmas closure information
Fountains Learning Centre will close for the Christmas break on Friday 20th December and won't reopen until Thursday 2nd January 2020. To avoid ILL books arriving during our closure period, we will stop processing book requests after Tuesday 10th December, holding them until we reopen in January. Article and chapter requests will continue to be processed as normal.
Placing a request
Please allow at least two weeks for books to become available through ILL, as other libraries' supply times can vary.
You can make requests for any books, articles or other resources that we don't already hold in our collection, either directly via our form or whilst searching the Library Catalogue. Use of the inter-library loans service is free of charge and unlimited for most categories of students and staff members – however, please note that external borrowers and students on a short course (lasting three months or less) are ineligible for the inter-library loans service.
PhD theses may also be requested on inter-library loan. Whilst theses listed on EThOS are not currently available in the regular format, we're often able to request for digitisation on behalf of students.
Physical items, such as books, will be made available for collection from the Service Desk on the Ground Floor of Fountains. Some books can be provided on loan in an ebook format, though this is dependent on availability and licensing restrictions.
Book chapters and journal articles can be sent directly to you, either electronically or by post - find out more about this service on our page on Electronic Delivery of ILLs.
Accessible PDFs of inter-library loan articles, chapters and books are available to all students registered for Accessibility Support – just select the delivery method 'Accessible PDF (suitable for screen readers)' when filling out your form, or add a note to your request detailing your requirements.