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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 will be emailed to your university email address as a PDF document. Books will be supplied in e-book format. If the e-book format is unsuitable, 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.

Renewals of print ILL books currently remain free of charge to all users. We will notify borrowers if the British Library decides to reintroduce charges.

When can I order print books on ILL?

Unfortunately, we do not have a date for this as it is dependent on other libraries. Once the British Library can offer a loan service, we will reintroduce our British Library Direct service allowing users to have print books posted to their home addresses. This will be available in addition to our electronic ILL service.

Get in touch

Our Interlibrary Loan staff can be contacted via email on

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