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Inter-Library Loans

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.

The Inter Library Loans service has been altered in response to COVID-19.

Our current service

To ensure the safety of students and staff, Inter Library Loan (ILL) requests will be satisfied electronically where possible. Journal articles and book chapters will be emailed to your university email address as a PDF document. Books will be supplied either in e-book format or as a postal loan from the British Library, dependent on availability. Registered Accessibility Service users can request books in an accessible format.

Print ILL books borrowed before the lockdown can be returned using our book return box or by post. Please note there may be a small delay in returned ILL books being removed from your account.

Postal loans from the British Library

From May 2021 we are able to supply some book requests as print book loans from the British Library. These will be posted directly to the address provided in the request and should be returned directly to the British Library using the address label provided. You are responsible for paying the cost of return postage. If you are not able to pay this cost, you can return the book via the on-campus returns book box.

Return of British Library loans

We recommend returning British Library loans by recorded delivery and obtaining proof of postage. Without proof of postage, any loan lost in the post may incur a lost book charge in excess of £100.

The British Library normally charge £5 per book for renewal of loan items after the initial loan period. These charges are currently suspended due to lockdown restrictions, but may be reintroduced in future.

Once charges are reintroduced, to avoid being charged for renewal, we recommend posting British Library loans by the due date on your library account (1 week before the due date inside your British Library loan) to ensure they arrive in
time. If returning via the on-campus book box, we recommend returning items 9 days before the British Library due date to account for processing and posting time. Registered Accessibility Services users are exempt from the £5 renewal charge and will receive
free renewals.


Any questions?

Our Interlibrary Loan staff can be contacted via email on

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