Interlibrary loans

If neither campus LRC stocks an item you want then you can request an Interlibrary Loan. This enables the delivery of documents from the British Library.

How do I request an item?

By filling in clearly and signing an interlibrary loan request card. These can be obtained from the SIZ counter, Library Enquiries or via the link interlibrary loan link in Moodle. Please provide as much detail as you can and, if possible, a photocopy of your reference. If the reference has come from an electronic database it will help to provide a download of the online search details – this may save time in obtaining your request.

How many items can I request?

Undergraduate

Allowance: 10 per academic year*

Requirements: Subject Librarian's signature and charge of £2 (first three requests for final year students are free of charge)

MA / MSc / PGCE

Allowance: 15 per academic year**

Requirements: Subject Librarian's signature and charge of £2 (first three requests are free)

Probationary MPhil students

Allowance: 10 per academic year*

Requirements: Subject Librarian's signature and charge of £2 (first three requests are free)

All staff and research students (MPhil and PhD)

Allowance: ILLs charged to department

Requirements: supervisor's signature

How long does it take?

Most photocopies from journals in stock in the British Library take about five working days. Books may take a little longer.

SED (Secure Electronic Delivery) is now the default for all staff journal article requests. The encrypted PDFs can only be viewed with Adobe Digital Editions, a free downloadable application that IT Services has rolled out to all staff PCs. You will receive a hyperlink to the document via email. Click the link to download. Please note: you can only access the document from the British Library secure server once. 

Secure Electronic Delivery from the British Library

British Library regulations stipulate that you can only make one paper copy of the document before 14 days are up. No further copies and no further electronic copies are allowed, nor conversion of the file into any other format. The electronic copy is available for collection from the server for 30 days, after which it will be deleted. The item can be forwarded, provided that it has not been opened from the link in the email.
 

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