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.
Due to the ongoing global outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus and related restrictions to our services and other institutions, Inter-Library Loans will be providing a limited service from Monday 23 March.
From now on all Inter-Library Loan (ILL) requests will be satisfied electronically where possible. We will no longer be ordering print ILL items. You will be advised if your request is not available in electronic format.
Anyone with a print ILL item currently awaiting collection is advised to collect this before Friday 20 March. We also hope to be able to post print ILL requests out to users until Friday 20 March and will contact affected users regarding this.
All renewals of existing ILL books will be completely free of charge to all users. Renewals will be arranged for as long as possible.
ILL staff will be responding to emails as usual but will not be available by phone from Monday 23 April. There is likely to be a delay in the processing of requests and decreased availability of resources due to restrictions at other institutions.
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.
If you have any queries about your inter-library loans, please call us on 01904 876 696, or email us at email@example.com.