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  Inter Library Loan

What are Inter Library Loans? 


This is a service that provides access to materials not available within our own stock. This service enables the Library to borrow items and obtain articles from the British Library and other libraries within the UK. 


What kind of material is available?  

Academic books, journal articles, conference proceedings and reports are generally available. Market research reports, unpublished reports and papers can be difficult to borrow. 

Requests for theses should be done via the Electronic Thesis online service - Ethos


Who can use the service? 

This service is available to all staff and students of the University within the UK, books must be collected from and returned to one of our Library Help Desks.  

Before making a request please ensure all overdue books and fines have been cleared from your account.   


How do I make a request? 

Complete the online form.



Articles delivered to your desktop 

The article will usually be sent to you as a secure web link delivered to your University email account.  


Requests are usually supplied within 5-10 days, however, it is not possible to guarantee delivery within a specific time.  Allow a minimum of 2 weeks or more if possible for an ILL to be delivered.  Don’t submit a request for a loan/copy prior to going on holiday as the item may arrive when you are away.


The British Library will send secure encrypted documents via their On Demand service direct to your University email account, you will be prompted to Register for On Demand the first time you use the service.  Articles sourced elsewhere will be posted directly to you.  


DRM Lite is the electronic delivery method that allows British Library On Demand to supply secure, encrypted documents, ensure that the item is used only as permitted, and protect the rights of the copyright holder.  If you are experiencing any problems downloading your item, a list of FAQs is available to download. 


Book loans  

The normal loan period is 5 weeks from date of arrival, you must collect the item as soon as possible after you receive the email.  Loans can be collected from the campus library of your choice.  You may return your loan at any campus library on or before the due date.


Recalls – Inter Library Loans can be recalled by the external lending library before the due date, an email will be sent to your University email account asking you to return the item as soon as possible.

Lost or damaged items - Edinburgh Napier University Library is charged for items that are lost or damaged by our borrowers. We pass on this charge, plus any administrative costs, to the borrower.    


How do we make contact? 


All correspondence regarding your requests will be through your University email account. 

Please contact if you have any further queries.​​ 


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