Inter-Library Loans

If a book, journal article, thesis or conference paper isn't in our stock, we can usually get it for you from another library, generally the British Library.

We will endeavour to satisfy as many requests as we can, however we are reliant on other libraries which may also be closed or offering a limited service due to coronavirus. If you have any problems with downloading a document, or other queries, please contact ill@wlv.ac.uk

The ILL service is open to all University students and staff, except for visitors and Sconul users.

New improved online Inter-Library Loan process

The way to request inter-library loans has changed – the new easy online process means you can now place requests using this online form and will no longer need to complete and return paper request forms.

Please enter as much information as possible- some fields are mandatory (marked *) If you do not have the information, please enter ‘N/A’ or ‘not available’ and use the Notes if you need to let us know more. Book chapters should be submitted using the "Book Chapter / Thesis" form, not as an article.

Please Note: Due to copyright law, you may only request

  • 1 article per journal issue
  • 1 chapter per book

You can also make an inter-library loan via LibrarySearch by checking the 'Include items not in library stock box' from your search results page. Any items not already in stock will have an inter-library loan request option under 'how do I get it'

  • Students can have up to 10 Inter Library Loans at a time.
  • Staff and Research Students can have up to 40 at a time.

There is no yearly limit on requests. 

Digital requests (articles, book chapters) delivered from the British Library should arrive within 24 hours.

If the BL cannot supply and we have to source from other libraries, please allow longer (usually within 10 days, depending on availability).

Print books from the British Library will be delivered to the library within 4 days, again if we have to source from elsewhere, please allow up to two weeks.

Digital requests (articles, book chapters) from the British Library will arrive as an email link to your University of Wolverhampton email address, which you use to download your document. Documents must be downloaded within 30 days of receiving the link - please see the electronic article delivery page for more information.

Articles received from other libraries will be sent as pdfs to your University email.

Print books can be sent to any campus for collection - please select your preferred collection site when filling in the online request form. When books arrive, we will send an email to your university email address. You must collect and return books at the site you chose when you placed the request.