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How do I request an inter-library loan (ILL) / request material from another library?
Before asking for material from another library: You must check that we do not already have a copy Be sure that you really need the item you...
What is the Inter-Library Loans service?
This is a service provided by the Library that obtains items such as books, journal articles and conference papers that we do not stock from other li...
Inter library loan requests for material other than for academic teaching and research
Requests for non-academic or contract/complimentary business can be made. These should be clearly identified at the time of making the request. Yo...
How many interlibrary loan requests can I make?
Masters students may request 10 interlibrary loan requests during their course. Academic staff, PhD, EngD and MPhil students may request up to 25...
Do I have to pay for interlibrary loans?
No, the Library pays for them out of its own budget.  There are two exceptions: If you wish to request an item quickly through the Urgent Action s...
What type of material can I request through interlibrary loan?
We can obtain books, journal articles, reports and conference papers, in fact, almost anything that has been conventionally published and for which ...
What should I do if I have an incomplete reference for an item I would like to request?
Do not place a request if you do not have the full details of the item you want. Try looking in the course pages . This lists all the appropriate ...
Do I need to find out which library has the item I want to request?
No, you do not need to tell the Library where to get the item from, though it may be helpful if is very obscure and you have that information.  Under...
How long does it take for an interlibrary loan to arrive?
In many cases, it takes less than a week for an interlibrary loan to be delivered to the Library. However, requests can take longer, for exampl...
What is the Copyright Declaration Form?
In order to comply with UK Copyright law you must complete the online declaration form for each interlibrary loan request (for an article, paper o...
What happens after I've requested the interlibrary loan?
Library staff decide which library the request is to be sent to and transmit your request, normally the following day.  If a problem is encounte...
What format will the item be in?
Journal articles or conference papers will be supplied as photocopies which you can keep. If you are located abroad we may be able to supply the Briti...
How long can I borrow an interlibrary loan?
The length of the loan is determined by the lending library; the British Library standard loan is normally 4 weeks.  It may be possible to renew ...
Can I keep an interlibrary loan?
You can keep photocopies of journal articles and conference papers. However, books, theses and complete journal volumes must be returned to the Libra...
What happens if I need more than one article from the same issue of a journal or the same volume of conference?
It would break copyright law to photocopy more than one article per issue of a journal, or more than one conference paper per volume of a conference. ...
What happens if I am not based at Shrivenham?
We can send out any copies of articles that we have printed out and can send out books as long as the lending library has not stipulated that the item...