Our Inter-Library Loans service can help you to obtain information that is not part of our libraries stock.
You can use it to request the following from other libraries:
- Print books for loan
- One copy of a chapter from a single book
- One copy of an article from a journal issue
Before submitting your requests please search to check that any items are not already available from our libraries:
If we do not have an item, click on the button below to submit an Inter-Library Loan request. You will need your library account details to login and access the form:
Take a look at the answers to the questions below for more information about our Inter-Library Loans service:
Who can use the Inter-Library Loans service?
If you are a current student or member of staff you can use our Inter-Library Loans service, but there is a limit to the number of requests you can submit at any one time:
|Library user||Number of requests allowed at any one time|
External borrowers, including other libraries, should email our Inter-Library Loans team to enquire about using our service.
How do I submit an Inter-Library Loans request?
For books, book chapters and journal articles click on the button below to submit an Inter-Library Loan request. You will need your library account details to login and access the form.
To request a music set please email your request details to the Inter-Library Loans team.
Make sure that your library account is free of fines of £5.00 or more, existing Inter-Library Loan books that are overdue or any other blocks before you submit your requests.
How much do Inter-Library Loan requests cost?
There is no cost to pay when submitting Inter-Library Loan requests
How long does it take for an Inter-Library Loan request to arrive?
|Journal articles and book chapters||Four to seven working days|
|Books for loan||Seven or more working days|
How will I know when my Inter-Library Loan request is available?
We will send an email to your University email address with news of the availability of your Inter-Library Loan requests. Alternatively login to your library account and check the Inter-Library Loans tab.
How you collect or obtain your Inter-Library Loans, will depend on whether they are available in print, online or for reference only:
|Books for loan||Collect from a library helpdesk during staffed hours|
|Books for loan (reference only)||Collect from a library helpdesk during staffed hours, for use in one of our Libraries only|
|Print journal articles or book chapters||Collect from the library helpdesk during staffed hours or posted on request|
|Electronic journal articles or book chapters||Delivered to your university email address|
Visit our British Library Electronic Documents page for information about downloading electronic documents supplied by the British Library
How long can I keep an Inter-Library Loan request?
You can keep one copy of journal articles or book chapters for as long as you need them.
Books are generally available for a loan period which is set by the lending library and will be marked with a return by date. You can also check your library account for a book’s return by date.
Unless recalled early, please return on or before the return by date to any of our library helpdesks during staffed hours.
There is a library fine of 75p per day for overdue Inter-Library Loan books. You may also be charged for any costs to replace lost or damaged books, as well as any administrative fees charged by the lending library.
Can I renew an Inter-Library Loan book request?
We recommend that you always plan to finish using a book by the return by date as renewals are not always allowed by libraries suppling books as inter-library loans.
If you think that you need to renew a book please contact our Inter-Library Loans team on or preferably a few days before the return by date. If successful, your library account will be charged £4.50 for the renewal.
Under certain circumstances you may be able to request a free temporary extension of up to 3 working days. If you think that you need to request a temporary extension, please contact our Inter-Library Loans team.
How can I contact the Inter-Library Loans team?
If you need to contact the Inter-Library Loans team you can contact us from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm by telephone or email at:
0121 331 5295
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