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How do I request Interlibrary loans?

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If the Library does not have the item you require, and it is deemed essential to your research or study (note the service is subsidised by the Library and Archives Service) we will try to obtain it as an inter-library loan (ILL) for you. You can make your request through the following process:

From the library catalogue Library Search click on the Sign In link in the top right hand corner of the page.

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            Process 1. To request Journal and Newspaper Articles and Conference Proceedings


First ensure that you are searching under the Everything scope and type your article title in to the search box. Click the tick box for Also show results without Full Text access under the Refine my Results limiter on the right hand of the screen as highlighted below

If the Library does not have access to your item, you will find a No Full Text link beneath the title, click on that link and it will reveal another link to request a copy through Inter-library Loan

Clicking this link will open up an auto-filled request form. Please ensure that the article details are correct.  Select which library you would like to collect the article from (most articles are supplied electronically but we occasionally receive physical copies)

Finally, at the bottom of the form you will find a copyright declaration statement that you will need to have read and agreed to by ticking the box. Submit your request by clicking the Request button


         Process 2.  To request Books and Theses


Ensure that you are searching under the BU Library Collections scope and type in your book title in full. Please make sure that all the words are spelt correctly.  It also helps to place Inverted Commas "" around the title.  If you are searching for a generic title (e.g. "Financial accounting"), it would also help to add the author's name.

If the library does not hold a copy of your book, you will see an option to Request Via InterLibrary Loan.  This will open a request form for you to input your book details. Please select the Book tab and type in all the information you have about the book including Title, Author, Year of Publication and ISBN and the click Submit

The book details should then appear, click the "Inter-library Loan Request" link to request:

Select your preferred library for collection, tick the copyright box and click request.

You can check to see that your request has been successful by clicking on My Library Account and selecting the Requests tab.


        Process 3 If you are unable to locate your requested material in the library catalogue


If you fail to locate and request your item through the methods above, you can contact us to submit your request at

If you need to renew an Interlibrary Loan, please contact us at the above email address.



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