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
Second and third year undergraduates 20 £2.00
Taught postgraduates 40 No charge for first 20, then £2.00 per request
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

If you need to pay for an item, you should do this before you submit your inter library loan request. Payment can be made at any Library Loans Counter or, by telephone on +44 (0)1332 591215.

Please note that there are no refunds, even if the item is found to be in stock or available electronically.

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. If the thesis is not available for download free of charge, or cannot be found on EThOS, please contact the Library at For further information, please see our guide to EThOS

Please see our Terms and Conditions