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What is an interlibrary loan?

When doing research you will come across references to items which are not held in the Oxford Brookes University Library. The Interlibrary Loans service, available to all staff and students, often enables us to borrow items and obtain copies of articles from other libraries. Please note that e-books are not currently available for Interlibrary loan.

How do I request an interlibrary loan?

There are two ways to make a request:

Automatic form completion

Our recommended method is automatic form completion. These are likely to be processed most rapidly.

  • Find your item on LibrarySearch, using the Libraries Worldwide option. Click on the item title and you will see the Request Interlibrary Loan button on the right hand side.
  • As the item and person details are automatically entered by LibrarySearch, you just need to fill out the final elements:
    • the copyright declaration, which must be completed by everyone
    • your department
    • book section details, if you just want a copy of one part
    • Known issue: If we own any part of a journal print run and you want an article from the same journal, the Request Interlibrary Loan button will not show, even if we do not provide access to this article. In this situation you can use manual form completion.

Manual form completion

  • Sign in to your account in LibrarySearch and choose the Requests tab. You will see a Create Request button that will open an empty form for you to fill in. You will need to complete all sections of the form. Please complete the form in as much detail as possible, as that will allow us to process your request faster.

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