Interlibrary loans

If you cannot locate the book or journal article you require on the library catalogue or eResources then you can request an Interlibrary Loan. This enables the delivery of books or documents from the British Library.

How do I request an item?

Fill in and sign the 

 This can also be obtained from the SIZ or Library Enquiries. Please provide as much information as you can about the resource you require.

How many items can I request?


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)


Allowance: 15 per academic year

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

Probationary MPhil students

Allowance: 10 per academic year

Requirements: Subject Librarian's signature and charge of £2 (first four 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. The library team will contact you if your item is going to take longer than this.

Electronic Delivery from the British Library

When you request an inter-library loan to be delivered electronically, you will receive an email with download instructions. You must download the document within 30 days and will need to be online to do so. 

You will firstly need to register an account with the British Library's On Demand Service to be able to access your encrypted documents on any device that is installed with Adobe Reader X or later.  The Digital Rights Management solution is password protected, but not tied to one laptop or computer, so it doesn’t matter where you open the item for the first time, and you can use it on whichever device you want after that.  It also ensures that you only use the item as permitted by copyright, so you are always compliant.  You only need to register an account once and you will use the same username and password to access all future documents.

Once you have created an account simply click on the link in the email sent to you. You will be prompted to enter your username and password and your requested article will then open in PDF format.  You will be able to access your documents for up to three years if you save the file to your computer when you first open it. You are also allowed to print one copy of the document. Please see attached PDF for screenshots of how to download your document.

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