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Inter-Library Loans





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Submit an Inter-Library Loan Request

We are now able to offer a lending service again, with a booking system in place to collect your loans from either the Curzon Library or Mary Seacole Library help desks during staffed hours of 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri:

  • You will need to make a booking in order to collect your loan. The link to the booking system will be displayed in the notification you receive to let you know your loan has arrived at your chosen collection site.
  • Please make sure you book a collection slot at the correct site during staffed hours of 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri. If you book outside of these hours unfortunately you will not be allowed to collect your loan.

Please note that our pool of suppliers is smaller than it would be under normal circumstances and this may affect the availability of some items.

Have you considered making a stock suggestion?

We advise using the Collection Management stock suggestion form for:

  • Whole eBooks. Due to copyright restrictions we can't supply whole eBooks so please request a print book loan or up to one electronic chapter via ILL, or make a stock suggestion for the eBook
  • Very recently published books
  • Books that are not yet published
  • Anything on a course reading list that is not already in our library holdings

Submit a stock suggestion

Submit your inter-library loan requests via our online form:

Submit an Inter-Library Loan Request

If you are unsure how to complete our online form please contact us by email to ask for help.

ILL.Office@bcu.ac.uk

Please allow for at least one week for delivery of electronic document supply requests and two weeks for loan requests.

 

Take a look at our information below for more details about our current Inter-Library Loans service:

New requests:

Book loans (and other loanable print items)
  • Our loan service is now available again, with collection available from Curzon Library or Mary Seacole Library help desks during staffed hours of 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri.
  • You will need to make a booking in order to collect your loan. The link to the booking system will be displayed in the notification you receive to let you know your loan has arrived at your chosen collection site.
  • Make sure you book a collection slot at the correct site library during staffed hours. If you book outside of these hours unfortunately you will not be allowed to collect your loan.
  • If you are unable to collect your loan from either site, please email us and we will try to find another solution for you.
  • Please note that there will be a smaller pool of suppliers to begin with, so this may affect the availability of some items
  • For unusual requests, such as music set loans, we advise emailing us first at: ILL.Office@bcu.ac.uk
Document Supply
  • Please note that due to copyright restrictions we cannot supply more than one article from any one issue of a journal or more than one chapter from a book.
  • Please note that there may still be delays from our suppliers when you request items that require digitisation from a print source.
  • If requesting a document for commercial purposes, please do not submit the ILL request form, which covers non-commercial research needs only. Instead, email the details of your request (and advise us that you need a copyright fee paid copy) to: ILL.Office@bcu.ac.uk. We will investigate and will let you know if we can help.
Pre-printed copies of documents (Limited service)
  • If a pre-printed paper copy is needed, please note that this service will only be possible if the British Library can supply the document to you directly by post.
  • Please add a note to your request specifying that you need a printed copy of the document. We will then contact you to obtain your permission to share your postal address with the British Library, who will supply the document to you directly, subject to availability.
  • Please be advised that this service will likely take longer than electronic delivery, and allow for an estimated two weeks for the document to be posted to you.
  • If the British Library are unable to supply, and another library has the document, we will instead send you an unrestricted PDF via email.
  • If the document is unavailable in any format we will let you know.

Existing requests:

Loans
  • We are able to offer collection from Curzon Library and Mary Seacole Library help desks during staffed hours of 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri. Unfortunately we are unable to offer collection from School of Art or School of Jewellery at the present time.
  • When the loan is ready, you will receive a notification to collect it from your chosen site library. You will need to click on the booking link for the correct site library, and arrange a collection slot during staffed hours. If you make a booking outside of these hours unfortunately you will not be allowed to collect your loan
  • If you made an error when choosing a collection site, please email us at ILL.Office@bcu.ac.uk and we will relocate it to your preferred collection site, assuming there is still enough time left for you to collect it.
Document Supply
  • If supplied, we will deliver your requested document to your university email address as a file attachment, unless you have requested a pre-printed paper copy.
  • Wherever possible, we will provide the document as an unrestricted PDF file.
  • The British Library is sending PDF files at the moment, so you need not worry about following separate guidance to access British Library supplied documents until further notice.
  • You may retain one copy of the document for as long as you need to. You may not make further copies or redistribute the document.
Renewals
  • If requesting a renewal please do so shortly before, or at the latest on the day the item is due for return.
  • The length of a renewal (where granted) is set by the lending library. British Library loans can usually be renewed for a further five weeks. Items purchased in lieu of ILL can be renewed for six weeks. For other libraries’ loans we need to contact them to find out if a renewal is possible. We may be able to extend your loan for three days while we wait to hear back from them.
  • A renewal charge may apply if it is levied by the lending library. British Library renewals usually cost £5.35. If this charge is levied we will pass it on to you by adding it to your library record. This applies to agreed renewals, and items returned late where the renewal charge was incurred before you returned it.
  • You are responsible for requesting renewals, however you should always be prepared to return your loan by the latest return by date given to you, in case renewals/ further renewals are not permitted by the library that loaned us the item.
  • Please note that you cannot renew Inter-Library Loans via your library account online. You need to contact us directly to ask for a renewal at ILL.Office@bcu.ac.uk
Returns
  • You are responsible for returning your loan on time, or requesting a renewal (where available) by emailing us by or on the return date at the latest
  • Book return points are available outside all of our libraries, and it is not necessary to book a library study space to use these.
  • There will be a delay of at least 72 hours from the time you return the item and when it is removed from your library account. The item will be safely in quarantine during this time.

Charges:

Charges
  • A renewal charge may apply, if it is levied by the lending library. British Library renewals usually cost £5.35. If this charge is levied we will pass it on to you by adding it to your library record. This applies to agreed renewals and items returned late where the renewal charge was incurred.
  • If you lose or damage the item or part of the item, you may need to pay the replacement charge along with any administrative fees levied. British Library replacement charges are currently £182.80, which includes a non-refundable admin charge of £91.40 plus VAT. Replacement charges from other libraries vary.
  • Charges may be paid like library fines. See the ‘Library Fines’ tab of this page for more info.

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