Inter Library Loans Guide

Inter Library Loans during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

To reduce the risk of infection to our students and staff, we will not be supplying print books from other libraries until further notice.  We will continue to request electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters, which will be supplied by email.  Please see our guide to Secure Electronic Delivery for further information.  Please note that we may not be able to source the request at this time.  

For the University's full advice on the Coronavirus, please see our Coronavirus FAQs.

Inter Library Loans Guide

If you need a book or journal article that is not held in any format at one of the University of Derby libraries, the Inter Library Loans (ILLs) service may be able to obtain a copy from another library.

Inter library loan requests may be placed for items that are: 

To comply with UK copyright law, we can only supply you with one chapter per book or one article per journal issue. If you require more than one item from the same publication, you should request a loan of the full item.


The Inter Library Loans service is available to the following users: 

Type of userMaximum number of requests in one yearCost per request
Undergraduates 10 No charge
Taught postgraduates 20 No charge
Research students Unlimited No charge
Staff Unlimited No charge

The following user categories are not eligible for inter library loans: External, Alumni, Honorary, SCONUL Access, Collaborative and Exchange (e.g. Erasmus) students. If you are in one of these categories you may be able to request an inter library loan at your local library or directly, by registering at the British Library

Request an Inter Library Loan

Find out how to request an inter library loan

Information about collecting and returning your inter library loan, including renewals and fines

Read our guide to email delivery of documents, also known as Secure Electronic Delivery


If the item you would like is a thesis, please check to see if it is available via the British Library’s EThOS service. Many UK theses have been digitised and are available to download free of charge. For further information, please see our guide to EThOS

Please see our Terms and Conditions