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Inter Library Loans

Charges & limits


Requesting an item through the Inter Library Loans Service is free however the following limits apply:

  • Staff: 50 Requests per year (including Contracted Research and Associate Staff)
  • Postgraduate Research Students: 50 Requests per year.
  • Taught Postgraduate Students: 25 Requests per year
  • Undergraduate Students for final assessment projects/dissertations: 20 Requests per year (including students on short courses and at partnership colleges)

All eligible categories apply to both full time and part time students and staff. If you cancel a request once it has been processed it will be included in your allocation.



Renewing an inter library loan carries a charge of £5.45, this is set by the lending library and is non-negotiable.

Inter loan renewal charges are automatically applied to your Library Account following each successful renewal. If we cannot renew your item there is no charge.

Inter loan renewal charges will not affect your Library Account or prevent borrowing and can be paid in the same way as other Library charges.

For more information on how to pay see: Borrow return renew



Fines are applied to overdue inter library loans at 50p per day per item including weekends to a maximum of £6.


Lost items and overdues

If your item is lost or recalled by the lending library and you fail to return it, a standard charge of £185.50 will be applied, for expensive or rare items the charge may be higher.

This charge is set by the British Library and is non-negotiable, failure to return your loans when asked will result in the charge being applied even if you subsequently return the items.

More on fines and charges