Q. How do I apply for an Inter-Library Loan?
Check our library catalogue first of all. We can not apply for items held by the Library, but those which are officially missing or have had pages torn out can be requested. Where this is the case, please specify this on your request.
Fill in one interlibrary loan request form for each item required (e.g., a journal article, a chapter of a book). These materials will usually arrive as electronic copies which you will be able to print out and keep. On some occasions it may not be possible to supply a particular article electronically. In these cases, a photocopy will be supplied instead.
Many UK Higher Education Theses are now available from the British Library's EThOS website at http://ethos.bl.uk/ . If you wish to consult a UK thesis, you can search the EThOS database to see whether it is available for download. If it is not immediately available, you may be able to request that it is digitised at no cost to you. However, for some theses there may be a cost (£40) involved in the digitisation of the thesis. If you wish to pay this yourself then you can go ahead and ask for the thesis to be digitised. It will then be freely available for other researchers to download from EThOS. Alternatively you can contact the Inter-library loans department who will get in touch with the institution directly to see whether they will loan the thesis or not. You can search the EThOS database without registering, but if you want to download a thesis or request that it is digitised, you will need to register. Various other options for delivery of the theses are available at a cost to the researcher and are displayed below the record for each thesis when you login. For non-UK theses and UK theses that do not appear on the EThOS database, please complete an inter-library loan request as usual.