What is an Inter-Library Loan?
This is a request service that gives you access to materials we don't have in our own stock. The Library service can borrow items and obtain articles from the British Library and other UK libraries.
Inter-Library Loan Requests – Delays to delivery (updated 22 November 2023)
The British Library was subject to a cyber incident over the weekend of 28 and 29 October and most of their systems have been offline since then. This outage includes British Library document delivery and inter-library loans services.
As a result, there may be problems supplying Edinburgh Napier University inter-library loan requests and there will be delays to delivery.
Currently we have no further information about the likely duration of these issues.
How do I request an Inter Library Loan (ILL)1. Go to LibrarySearch.
2. Sign in to make an ILL request and to get full search results.
3. Search for the item you need to check if it is available in Edinburgh Napier University Libraries.
4. Click the 'Interlibrary Loan' tab at the top if you can't find the item.
5. Complete the form, filling in as many fields as possible.
6. Click 'Request'.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of material is available?
Requests for theses should be done via the Electronic Thesis online service - Ethos.
Who can use our Inter Library Loan service?
How long will my Inter Library Loan request take?
How are journal articles delivered to me?
The British Library uses a DRM Lite electronic delivery method to:
supply secure encrypted documents.
make sure the item is used only as permitted.
protect the rights of the copyright holder.
If you have any problems downloading your item, check their list of On Demand FAQs.
Journal articles sourced elsewhere will be emailed to you.
How do book loans work?
Recalls – the external lending library can ask us to return an Interlibrary Loan before its due date. If this happens, we'll send an email to your University email account asking you to return it 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.