Inter-library loans

This service provides support for staff and students undertaking research or other extended studies, allowing items to be borrowed from other libraries.

When using this service you should note that obtaining material from other libraries takes time - the average response time is 2 weeks, but some requests may take from 3 weeks to several months. Always allow plenty of time for your request to be processed.

The inter-library loan service is costly to administer. Please therefore make sure that the items you request are of real value to your research. There is a charge for students of £2 per request.

Before making a request, please check that the item is not held in the university library by checking LibrarySearch. Also, try using a search engine like Google in case the item is freely available online.

To make your request please download and complete an inter-library loan request form:

Once completed please email the request form to the relevant address below:

Please note:  If your research is of a commercial nature, you must advise the inter-library loans team of this when placing your orders. There will be an additional cost for inter-library loans ordered for research of a commercial nature. Please note that due to this legislation, we cannot accept inter-library loan requests without a signed form for each item.

Collection, Returns and Renewals

When the requested item has been received you will automatically be notified of this via your university e-mail.

  • All items must be collected at the Issue Desk (Broadstairs/Salomons) or the ground floor Library point (Augustine House) and will be issued on your library account
  • Please collect books as soon as possible as they are on loan to us for a limited period only
  • If you are borrowing a thesis from another library, an additional copyright declaration may need be signed at this stage

The length of a loan is decided by the library that supplies the item to us and tends to be from 4-5 weeks. Items may be recalled by the lending library at any time, and some items can only be used on library premises.

  • Photocopies are issued for you to keep
  • All loan items (mainly books) will need to be returned to the Issue Desk or staffed Library Point by the due date indicated on the slip inside the item
  • ALL inter-library loans are subject to recall by the library who lends them out. If you are asked to return an inter-library loan, it is imperative that you do so.

Inter-library loans generally cannot be renewed beyond the date indicated. However, if you would like us to check with the lender if a renewal is possible, please ask the inter-library loans team at least five working days before your item is due back.

If you have any queries relating to inter-library loans, please contact



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Last edited: 04/12/2017 23:24:00