Inter-Library Loans

If you can’t find what you’re looking for through our Library Search, you can request it for free through Inter-Library Loan.


Fill in the form below depending which type of material you are requesting.

Check Your E-mails

We won’t contact you about your interlibrary loan request until we have acquired the item for you.

  • You will receive an email once we have received the item.
  • We will also let you know if we are unable to acquire the item.
  • The time it takes to receive items through interlibrary loan varies, but if you have any questions please email



  • Books are available to collect from the library helpdesk.
  • Most books can be taken out of the library, but we will let you if they have been supplied for use in the library only.

Electronic copies of articles:

Paper copies of articles:

  • These can either be collected from the helpdesk, or posted to you.

Return & Renew

Please return interlibrary loan books to the helpdesk, and do not put them through the book returns machine.

  • To renew a book, contact
  • Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library, and therefore are not always possible.
  • Renewals cost £4.65 per item per renewal.


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 on copyright regulations are available.
  • Please ensure that books are returned to the Help Desk on time.


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