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Inter-library loans - staff: How to request

About staff inter-library loans for books or journal articles not owned by the Library

How to request

How to request an inter-library loan

  • Does the library already own a copy? Search the library catalogue and Journal Finder.
  • Our Library Enquiry Desk staff can show you how to search if you need help.
  • Is your library account clear of fines and free from blocks on borrowing?
  • Check the limits on the number of requests you can have each academic year, and at one time.
  • Complete an inter-library loan request form with details of the item you want.
  • Read the copyright declaration box on the form and sign to agree to the terms - we can accept scanned or typed signatures.
  • Email your completed inter-library loan request form to or hand it in at the Service Desk on the entrance level of the library

What happens next?

We ask the British Library for inter-library loans. From the time we make the request it takes:

  • 2 to 5 working days for journal articles or chapters
  • 7 working days for books

If the British Library can’t supply or lend them to us, we try to borrow them from another university library which takes longer.

We will email you if:

  • you have reached your annual limit of free requests

  • you have reached the total number of items you can borrow at one time

  • we have a query about the item you are requesting

  • we cannot supply the item

  • there are any delays

Inter-library loan request form link

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