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Inter-library loans


If there's a book or journal article you really need but which is not available in our collections, we can try to get it for you from another library.

Who can use the service?

The inter-library loans (ILLs) service is available FREE for all academic staff, postgraduates, research students and final year undergraduates. Please bear in mind that each article request or book loan can cost us anything between fifteen and thirty pounds.

How many requests can I have?

Final year students and those in their second year preparing for dissertations can submit up to 15 inter-library loan requests per year; Postgraduate students and academic staff can have up to 30 requests. If you need to go beyond these limits, please contact the information librarian for your school to discuss this.

What about first year students?

First year students should be able to access all the resources they need in our own collections. If you are a first year student and you can't find the information you need for an assignment, please contact your information librarian

First time user?

If you have not used the inter-library loans service before, please read our step-by-step guide

How long will my request take?

  • Journal articles - most are available within 2-3 working days
  • Books - it depends on how quickly we can track down a copy and whether or not the book is already on loan to someone else. We'll let you know as soon as it arrives

We will let you know if there are any delays on your requests.

How long can I borrow ILL books for?

When you collect the book from us we will let you know how long you can keep it.

Can I renew books borrowed from another library?

If you need to keep an ILL book beyond the initial loan period you must contact us to request this.

Contact us

  • Email:
  • Tel: 023 8201 3411
  • Call in to the inter-library loans office on the ground floor of the Mountbatten Library (Room ML014). The office is usually staffed Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Page last updated on Monday 3 September 2018 at 1.23pm.


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