Inter-Library loans

Inter-Library Loan Applications

If you consider an item to be of potential importance to your research, teaching or course, and it is not held by the Albert Sloman Library, you are welcome to use the Library’s inter-library loan service.

Please be selective in what you request as, excluding staff costs, the Library pays a minimum of £7 per inter-library loan requested, with certain items obtained from abroad costing £15 to £35. The Library does not charge students for making inter-library loan requests, although there is a charge of £4.65 for renewals.

It is important to allow sufficient time when requesting inter-library loans as it can take several weeks or longer in a few instances to obtain items. All inter-library loan requests are processed promptly and many come within two weeks.

In accordance with copyright law the Library will only proceed with an inter-lending request if you agree to the following conditions:

For a journal article request, you have not previously been supplied with a copy of the article.

Photocopies are obtained solely for the purposes of research or private study and for your personal use.

Further details of copyright regulations are available.

Please ensure that books are returned to the Help Desk on time, or you will be charged a £4.65 late fee!

There is also a guide on Electronic Document Delivery.

To request material not in the library's holdings click on the link below:


The University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
+44 (0) 1206 873192