Most material that is not available in our collection can be obtained through the Interlibrary Loans Service.

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Before submitting an interlibrary loan (ILL) request please check both our journals catalogues:

Making an interlibrary loan (ILL) request:

Complete online request form by going to the Library catalogue and click the Interlibrary Loans link (see image below).



How much will it cost?

See the details of interlibrary loan charges.

Receiving and collecting requested ILL items

You will be notified when books and whole issues of journals arrive. They can be collected from the Library Helpdesk. They must be signed for and returned by the date shown on the slip inside. Photocopied articles, which you can keep, should be collected from the Helpdesk unless another form of delivery has been requested. Certain items may not be removed from the Library - they will be marked 'restricted access' and kept at the Helpdesk.

You can receive your articles by email

Helpsheet on receiving articles by e-mail - PDF

How long does the request take?

Most journal requests usually arrive within 2-7 days.

Most book requests usually arrive within 7-14 days.

Please note, however, that supply times depend upon the organisation supplying the request, and this is not within our control.

Urgent requests:

It is possible to obtain items urgently (i.e. within 2 working days). These have to be dealt with individually and usually cost considerably more to obtain. For an urgent request you should see one of the interlibrary loans staff, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

Contact details:

Interloans Librarians - Jane Appleton/Louise Davies
Tel: 020 8725 5251
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated: Friday, 05 August 2016 13:46

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