Interlibrary loans

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

How do I request an item?

Fill in the online Interlibrary Loan form or pick up a print form in the LRCs.  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: £2 per article (first three requests for final year students are free of charge)


Allowance: 15 per academic year

Requirements: £2 (first four requests are free)

Probationary MPhil students

Allowance: 10 per academic year

Requirements: £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?

Articles will be sent directly to your University email address. Books may take a little longer and will be sent to the library for collection.

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 be able to access your documents for up to three years on the device where it ws initially opened.  You are also allowed to print one copy of the document.  Further instructions are available on the Library Services Moodle.

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