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Inter library loans

Inter-library loans


Inter library loans are requests for items not held in our collections. These requests can include loans of books or copies of journal articles, book chapters or conference papers. 

In order to request an inter library loan, please fill in the form by clicking on the button below.

Please note: Inter library loans cannot be renewed.


Make an inter library loan request

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Requesting Inter library loans

We are now able to offer an inter library loan service for physical items, in addition to the existing digital service for articles and chapters. 

Some physical items may still be difficult to obtain and there may be delays in supply due to the ongoing restrictions in place with postal services and at other libraries. Electronic (PDF or SED) versions of articles, conference papers and single book chapters will continue to be supplied where possible.

Please allow additional time (up to 10 days) for your request to be supplied.

If you are unsure what you can request please contact the Content and Collections Team.

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Service update

Service Update


The British Library is currently experiencing a major technology outage as a result of a cyber-attack.

Please be assured that we are continuing to fulfil Inter-Library Loan requests from alternative suppliers.

Some British Library systems and services, including EThOS, remain unavailable. For more information, please visit the British Library’s temporary webpage or blog.

Users with a British Library password are recommended to change this on any websites they use it for.

Please also be vigilant for phone calls or emails that may be phishing attempts. Check the sender details in emails and follow the standard protocols for checking phishing emails that can be found on this page

Useful links

Useful links

Please find here a list of links to other services which may be of help or interest when trying to source material for your studies, and for help accessing the services of the British Library.