Interlibrary loans

If after checking OneSearch you can't find the book or journal article you need, you may be able to request it as an interlibrary loan (see entitlements below). Videos, CDs and DVDs cannot be obtained using this service. You may not use this service if you have any fines outstanding on your library account.

Please note: UK PhD theses are available via the EThOS website and do not have to be ordered as an interlibrary loan.

Most interlibrary loans are obtained from the British Library. Although this service is free to users, the library itself is charged for interlibrary loans. It costs £14.65 to obtain a book from the British Library and £10.92 for an article.

Books obtained on interlibrary loan must be collected at and returned to the requestor's home site library.


Journal Articles

All articles from the British Library will be supplied by Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) to your university email address.
  • The document must be downloaded within 30 days of receipt of the email
  • Users must register for this service the first time they use it (a link to the Registration page is contained in the email)
  • Once registered access is by username and password via Adobe Reader 10 or above
  • The document can only be printed once but can be saved to any device or memory stick and is fully portable between devices until it expires in 3 years



​Undergraduate student (not final year) Up to 3 per academic year ​
Final year undergraduate student​ Up to 10 per academic year 
Taught postgraduate student​ Up to 15 per academic year
Research student​ Unlimited
Staff​ Unlimited
Partner college student​ N/A
External borrower​ N/A
​Intermitting students ​N/A
​UBIC staff/students ​N/A




Books are usually lent for a maximum of 5 weeks. The British Library charge at least £4.85 for overdue loans and renewals and these charges must be met by the borrower.

Online renewals are not available so if you want to request a renewal, visit your library Help Desk before the due date and they will check with the lending library to see if this is possible. 

 Use this link to request an interlibrary loan



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