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Inter-Library Loans

The way to request inter-library loans has changed – you can find information below on the new easy online process.

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.

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak and subsequent library closures, we will be offering a restricted interlibrary loan service. Requests can be placed using the online form (see ‘How do I make a request?’ below) for journal articles and book chapters only (one article per journal issue, one chapter per book, under copyright law) . These will be delivered electronically to your University of Wolverhampton email address. For information on articles delivered by the British Library, please read these instructions.

It may take longer than usual for articles to be delivered at the moment. The British Library and our other lending partners are working to keep the service running as smoothly as possible at this time, but there will inevitably be some delays to the standard delivery times. Thank you for your patience.

If you already have a book out on interlibrary loan, please be assured there will be no fines accrued for overdues. A rolling renewal system will be in place until services return to normal, and if any fines do occur they will be waived.

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. If you have any problems with downloading a document, or other queries, please contact

The British Library EThOS service has temporarily suspended digitisation of theses, and the majority of UK libraries are not supplying print copies at this time so no requests for theses can be processed until further notice.

Third year students, researchers, postgraduates and staff can all use the service, free of charge. 

In some cases first and second year students may be able to apply for material by Inter-Library Loan, but the request must first be authorised by their module tutor.

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 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.

*please remember that print requests are not currently being processed

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. Before you can do so, you will need to create a BL account- please see these instructions

Articles and chapters from other libraries will be emailed to your University of Wolverhampton email address as a PDF or Word document.