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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 Solent staff and students. 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?

Undergraduate students can submit up to 15 inter-library loan requests per year; staff and postgraduate students 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.

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 3062
  • Call in to the inter-library loans office on the ground floor of the Mountbatten Library (Room ML002).

Page last updated on Monday 20 January 2020 at 9.46am.


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