Answered By: ILL Team
Last Updated: 13 Dec, 2017     Views: 456

Inter Library Loans are ordered from the British Library primarily and other UK locations if the British Library is unable to supply an item.

There is a charge for this service for undergraduates and PG course students.  ILL charges for some Staff and Research students are covered by the library

Please have a look at the costs before submitting your request.  There is no charge for unsuccessful requests.

To order an interlibrary loan log into your library account and select the link for interlibrary loan in your task bar at the top of your screen.  Use the drop down field to select what kind of interlibrary loan you are requesting and fill in as much information as possible.  The more information you provide us for your request will mean less delays in the processing.  

In order to supply your request we need the following information.


We need the full title of the book, the author or editor and the year the book was published.  If you have the ISBN please put that in as well. 


We need the conference title, the location, date the conference was held. If requesting an article we need the page numbers and article title.

Journals/Articles/Book chapters:

We need the Title of the book or Journal, the volume and issue number, the pages that you need the article or chapter author and the article or chapter title.


Most UK PHD theses are available to download through ETHOS (Electronic Thesis Online Service). 

Ethos can be accessed from  To download theses you will need to register for the service and login to your account. For theses that are available to download immediately the service is free.  For theses not available to download there is a digitization on demand facility that can be used.  There may be a cost involved which currently costs £58.32. ETHOS provides a list of participating universities, some of which the supplying library pays for and some where the user ordering the item pays for.  The library does not offer this as an interlibrary loan service.       

All requests need to have the user’s department and if you are requesting pages please choose a delivery method.  If you don’t have all the information for what you want please supply us with your source of reference.

Alternatively have a look at the link which gives a step by step guide on Requesting an Inter Library Loan through the Library catalogue.