Services and Facilities

Inter-Library Loans

We can source items for you from other libraries, if the item is not available in our collection. Due to Covid-19 this is currently restricted to journal articles and chapters of books - we are unable to borrow hard copy books from other libraries.

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 - temporarily unavailable due to Covid-19
  • reports - temporarily unavailable 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

The charge of £4 per request will be paid by your school or department. Alternatively, you may pay personally if the request is not authorised by your school.

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. 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