Using the library
The Inter-Library Loan service provides members of Loughborough University with access to information resources which are not available from the print collections or electronic subscriptions of Loughborough University Library. We do this either by borrowing these resources or by getting photocopies or PDFs of them from other libraries around Britain, and sometimes overseas. If there is a journal article, conference paper or other information resource that you want, and the University Library does not have it, you can request it from the Inter-Library Loan service and we will set about getting it for you.
Please note that the Inter-Library Loan service does not currently include books for London students. Please contact your Academic and Learning Resources Librarian if you require a book that is not in the Library collections.
You can request items which are not available in print or electronically from Loughborough University Library. You can find out what print resources and e-resources are available from the University Library using Library Catalogue Plus.
If the item that you want is not available from Loughborough University Library, the Inter-Library Loan service can attempt to obtain it from another library for you.
The Inter-Library Loan service obtains journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, theses and other documents from other libraries.
Using our online request form. Log in to it with your Loughborough University username and password.
Please use the online request form to request one item at a time. This is important for reasons relating to the law of copyright.
There is a hyperlink to the online request form at the bottom of this page.
The name ‘Inter-Library Loan service’ is a bit of a misnomer: as well as loans we can also arrange for other libraries to make a copies of items for you to keep.
If you request a single journal article, conference paper or book chapter, we will ask another library to make a copy of it for you. You will then be able to keep this copy.
Yes. We use the British Library On Demand service to supply PDFs of journal articles, book chapters, conference papers etc. Provided that BL On Demand can supply us with a PDF of a document, we can supply it to you. If for any reason we cannot get a PDF for you, we will try to get a photocopy for you instead.
Full instructions on how to request and download PDFs are available at the bottom of this page.
The law of copyright restricts how much of a work can be copied for the purpose of inter-library document supply. For instance we cannot get a photocopy of an entire book for you. Details as follows:
|Type of work||Proportion to be copied|
|Book||up to one chapter|
|Journal||up to one article from any issue|
|Confererence proceedings||up to one paper from any conference|
If you wish to consult, say, more than one article in a particular journal-issue, it may be possible for us to borrow that journal-issue for you. The same applies to books and conference proceedings.
Members of Loughborough University have an annual allowance of free Inter-Library Loans, as follows:
|Type of reader||Number of ILL requests/year|
|Member of University staff||40|
Provided that your request falls within your allowance, you will not have to pay.
If you exceed your allowance, or if you wish to request something for your own interest not connected with Loughborough University learning, teaching or research, then you must pay.
As of 1 August 2016 the British Library, our main supplier, charges £13.95 to lend us an item and £10.15 to supply a printed copy of an item. Other suppliers make other charges.
If you think that you have exceeded your allowance or if you wish to pay for an Inter-Library Loan, please contact us.
If you request a photocopy of, say, a journal article, we can post it to you at an address of your choosing. If you would like us to do this, please enter your address in the appropriate box on the Inter-Library Loan online request form. Otherwise we will hold it for you at the University Library and email you to let you know when it is available.
If you request a PDF we will supply it via your Loughborough University email address.
This depends on what you have requested and on which library supplies it. We make no guarantee as to how long a particular item will take to arrive. A PDF can take as little as one working day to arrive; photocopies and loanable items often arrive within five working days. We will inform you if an item is likely to take longer than usual to arrive.