Services and Facilities

Inter-Library Loans

If you're looking for an item that's not available in our collection then we can try to obtain it for you from another Library. We can supply scans of book chapters or journal articles but, due to Covid restrictions, may find it hard to obtain hardcopy loans of books.

How it works

The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service can source items for you if they are not available from our own print or electronic collections.

You can request the following:

  • books - availability may be restricted due to Covid-19
  • reports - availability may be restricted due to Covid-19
  • single chapters from books *
  • journal parts *
  • journal articles *

* No more than one article from any issue of a journal, or one chapter of a book (or up to 5% of the whole item, whichever is greater), may be requested. These limits are set by UK copyright law and the Library cannot exceed them.

Place a Request

University staff and students can place inter-library loan requests using the library catalogue - LibrarySearch. If you find something that does not offer full text, ensure you are logged in to your account and then just click on the inter-library loan link to place your request.

Alternatively, you can place a request using our blank request form.

Request Charges

Currently there is no direct charge to students. The charge of £4 per request will be paid by your school or department. If your school or department chooses not to authorise your request then you may pay personally.

Inter-Library Loan Authorisers

When requesting an inter-library loan, you will be asked to enter your authoriser's email address. Details of authorisers can be found below:

How long will it take to receive my request?

We cannot guarantee to obtain any item within a specified period. Articles from mainstream journals often arrive within a few days, but more obscure items may take several weeks or longer. We may occasionally be unable to source an item due to availability or copyright restrictions.

Can I renew the book I received?

To renew an inter-library loan, please email - there will be a charge to you of £4 for each renewal. Renewal costs are the responsiblity of the individual and this charge is not billed to the school or department. Please be aware however that a renewal request may not always be permitted by the lending library.

How do I collect or receive my Inter-Library loan?

  • Books for staff and students who are not online learners should be collected from the library.
  • Online Learners based in the UK can have inter-library loan books posted to their address via recorded delivery, at a cost of £5 per item. You will also be responsible for the return postage costs.
  • Scans of journal articles and single chapters from books will be emailed to your RGU email address.

   Need any help?

If you have any questions, please contact the inter-library loan team at