Inter-Library loans

Changes to interlibrary loans

As of Monday 13th February 2017, we will be making some changes to how we deliver your interlibrary loans requests. Find out more about the new and improved services here.

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, located on the first floor of the library by the Student collection.

Please be selective in what you request as it is expensive for us to obtain items. Excluding staff costs, the Library has to pay a minimum of £7 per inter-library loan requested. Certain requests are even more expensive with 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.

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


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