Interlibrary loans: now online and signature free

Box of books

From 1 September, interlibrary loans (ILLs) are available through an online web form. This is a great improvement on the previous arrangement because you can request ILLs entirely online without the need for you or your tutor to sign anything.

Anything you find in the Discovery Service but that is not in our collections will offer you a link to request the item by ILL.  For anything you have not found through the Discovery Service, there is a manual form to completed.  A simple one time registration is required and thereafter you can just log in to place requests.

How many loans can I have?

Each loan and any renewals each cost you one ILL credit.  You are allowed a certain number of free ILLs each academic year:

  • Undergraduates: 5 credits
  • Taught Masters students: 15 credits (5 credits, with 10 more guaranteed on request).
  • Research/PhD students & staff: unlimited credits

As before, journal articles and book chapters usually arrive as secure email attachments that you can print and keep (please make sure you open them on a computer connected to a working printer and print them straight away).  Entire books and journal issues must be collected from (or in very rare cases used only within) the Library.

Introducing fines

Due to changes in the way we are charged for overdue interlibrary loans, we have also had to introduce overdue charges for books and journals that we borrow from other libraries.  If you want to renew your interlibrary loan, you must try to renew it before it is due back.  The fine rate for overdue interlibrary loan items will be £1/day.

Any questions?

We hope you will enjoy this new service and that it will make your work easier.  If you experience any problems with the new system or you would like to know more about interlibrary loans, including when best to use them, please get in touch.

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