Requests are processed daily. The time it takes to respond to the request depends on the lending library and whether the item requested is available, i.e. that it is not already on loan. If the British Library does not hold a copy of an item we will apply to other UK libraries. We will usually be able to contact you within a week to let you know what is happening with your request.
Journal article requests will be sent directly to you from the British Library either as photocopies to a postal address or via email. Book requests require collection from the Library. Some items may be for consultation only within the Library. You will be notified by email to your University email address.
Journal articles are copies that you can keep. The majority of books can be borrowed usually for 5-6 weeks, however some books may be for consultation within the Library. The date a book is due for return is written on a pink slip inside the book.
Yes, although additional charges apply. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. It may be assumed that requests from students on credit bearing courses with the University will fall under the definition of non-commercial or private study.
For research teams where the budget includes inter library loans, the Library requires a budget code to which a transfer invoice will be charged. For other research teams, without an inter library loans budget, the limits are as identified for staff in this guide.