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 desk. 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.

Secure Electronic Delivery from the British Library

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 which you can click to download.

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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