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Inter-library loans

What are inter-library loans?

Although we aim to provide access to a wide range of books, journals and other library materials to support your learning, teaching and research, no library is able to purchase everything that’s available. This is particularly true if you are working on an individual project – whether it’s an undergraduate or Masters dissertation, a doctoral thesis or pursuing your academic interests.

If you’re looking to fill a gap in your research and the Library doesn’t own that all-important book or journal article, our inter-library loans service can help you to access what you need. We work with libraries across the UK, and beyond, to source physical items for loan, such as books, and to obtain digital copies of chapters and articles that you can download and keep.

Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot request access to whole e-books through the inter-library loans service.

Who is this for?

Birmingham Newman University students and staff can access this service free of charge.

There is no limit on the number of requests you can make – although you can only have five active requests in the system at any time. We also monitor the service and if we feel you are making an unusually high number of inter-library loan requests, we may contact you to discuss your research needs and to make sure you are making the most of locally held content.

If you are a member of academic staff and your request relates to material for use in your teaching, please visit our guide to the Scanning Service.

Last reviewed: 3 April 2024

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