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Interlibrary loans

Borrowing items from another library

What is an interlibrary loan?

If we aren’t able to purchase an item, we may borrow it from another institution.

Once the item arrives, we will reserve it for you. You can collect it from the Library helpdesk during staffed hours.

The loan period is usually five weeks, but may vary depending on the lending institution.


Interlibrary loans are free, as the Library subsidises the initial cost of borrowing the item.

If you want to keep an interlibrary loan item for longer than the initial period, you will be charged a £5 renewal fee. (Please be aware that not all interlibrary loan items can be renewed.)

If you lose or damage an interlibrary loan item, you will be charged the full cost of replacing it for the loaning institution.


A maximum of 5 interlibrary loans may be borrowed at one time.

If you have not collected items you previously requested, you may not be permitted to make further requests within the academic year.


Interlibrary loan items are owned by another institution and are expected to be returned in the condition in which they are loaned.

Users accept liability for the full replacement cost and any administrative fees for items that they lose, damage, or return late.

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