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, this can be found on the Library Services page in Moodle.  Please provide as much information as you can about the resource you require.

What are the costs?

The Library Services Department subsidises Inter-Library Loans, meaning you do not pay the full cost of a request. The British Library currently charges the University £17.15 per book loan and up to £10.65 to supply a copy of a journal article. Books are loaned for 4 weeks and renewals count as another request.

Please note that the British Library charges the University £185.50 for lost or damaged books.

Students (Undergraduate and Masters)

The first 5 requests are free, subsequent requests are charged at £2 per item.

All staff and research students (MPhil and PhD)

All requests are £2, which is charged to your department.

How long does it take?

Journal articles will be sent directly to your University email address, usually within a week.

Books may take a little longer and will be sent to the library for collection usually within 2 weeks. However, that is dependent on whether the book is already on loan, we will let you know if this is the case.

How do I receive my request?

Journal articles 

When you request a journal article, you will receive an email with download instructions and you must download the document within 30 days. You can access your documents for up to three years on the device where it was initially opened.  You are also allowed to print one copy of the document. 


You will receive an email when books are ready and you can collect them from the Support and Information Zone on the Chichester Campus or if you would prefer to collect them from the Bognor Campus please let us know.

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