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?

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 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?

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. 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 need to register an account with the British Library's On Demand Service to access your encrypted documents on any device that is installed with Adobe Reader X or later.  The same username and password will be used to access all future documents.The Digital Rights Management solution is password protected, but not tied to one laptop or computer and will ensure that you only use the item as permitted by copyright.  

Once you have created an account, select the link in the email, enter your username and password and open the PDF article.  You will be able to access your documents for up to three years on the device where it is initially opened. 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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