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The Inter Library Loan Service is available to help you obtain material not held by the University Library. We will try to find the item for you via the British Library or other UK institutions. The service is available to staff and students of the University of Cumbria and covers a wide range of material such as books; journal articles; conference papers; and theses. Only material to support academic study, teaching or research may be requested. 

Most requests are fulfilled by the British Library. You can normally borrow a book for four weeks; however, if the British Library asks us to return it earlier, we must do so or risk losing our right to borrow.

Journal articles, book chapters and conference papers will be supplied electronically where possible. If the lender is the British Library, they will be delivered via the DRM Lite service. Please visit our 'Accessing your interlibrary loan' section for further information.

 

  • Please read before requesting

    • Books - Check OneSearch to make sure the book is not held in the University Library. Often a keyword search on your chosen subject area will reveal material held in the Library which may be equally relevant to your study. 
    • Journals - Use Journal Search to check that the Library does not subscribe to the journal in print or electronic format (it may be available in an alternative eresource).
    • You may find open access articles by searching Google Scholar 
    • Here are three useful tools to help you discover Open Access content online:
    ToolDescription
    Open Access ,   Kopernio  Automatically search the Library's subscriptions, pre-print servers, institutional repositories and private blogs for free PDFs. Works with Web of Science, Pubmed, Google Scholar and 1000s of other academic platfroms including ScienceDirect and JSTOR.

    UnPaywall

    Add the Unpaywall app to Chrome. Search for content that you can use legally.  Sources include repositories run by universities, governments, and scholarly societies, as well as open content hosted by publishers.

    Open Access Button

    Use the Open Access search box to locate the OA version of an article, or add this extension to your Chrome browser. 

     

    • If you are a member of academic staff and require a copy of a work to use in a module you are teaching, please contact the scanning service.
    • External borrowers can request ILL’s but a charge of £15 per item is charged. Your local public library will have an interlibrary loans service which maybe cheaper and more convenient. 

    If you have any queries please email the Interlibrary Loan Service.

  • Interlibrary loan guide for undergraduates

    There is no limit to the number of interlibrary loan applications that you can make.

    There is a charge of £3 (non-refundable) for each interlibrary loan application. £3 is a non-refundable contribution towards the administration cost of the service and is payable at the time of the request.

    All requests have to be paid for, either by cash, credit/debit card or cheque. 

    Please print off and fill in the Interlibrary loan request form and take it to your library desk. If you are not on campus, please email your form to liss-ill@cumbria.ac.uk and you can pay over the phone by calling your campus library, telephone numbers can be found: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/StudentLife/Learning/Resources/Libraries/

    You will be notified when an interlibrary loan is received via your University email account.

    Articles obtained from the British Library it will normally be emailed to you to download via DRM Lite service. Please see the section, 'Accessing your interlibrary loan' for instructions on creating a British Library account. Articles may also be delivered to your email via PDF and in some instances, we will obtain articles in print if no other options exist.

    The return date for print items is set by British Library, so taking postage times into account you may not have the item for very long. 

    Book and journal photocopy requests can be collected from the library. 

    Whilst the library will make every effort to obtain items requested, supply of the items or delivery times cannot be guaranteed.

    Check that you are requesting only one article from the same journal issue – more than this infringes copyright. If you need several articles from one issue the whole issue can be requested to borrow.

    For journal requests all forms need to have a signed copyright declaration.

    How long is the article? You will still be charged the full amount even if the article is only one-page long.

    Fill in as much detail as possible on the form as this will speed up delivery, too little information and British Library will reject the request. If possible, attach a copy of your reference.

    Photocopies of articles held at other campus libraries can be provided at a standard charge of 50p per request irrespective of number of pages.

    There is no refund for requested items that are found to be available electronically.

    Overdue items will incur a charge of £1 per day. There is a charge of £1.50 for the renewal of a book loan via the British Library.

    British Library currently charge libraries over £100 for extremely overdue books – this cost will be passed on to you.

  • Interlibrary loan guide for final year undergraduates

    For final year undergraduate students, the costs of obtaining up to three Interlibrary Loans for individual study are met by the Library on your behalf. If a student wants to submit a request beyond their entitlement limit (3) they will be then be charged £3 per request. 

    Please email your completed form to liss-ill@cumbria.ac.uk

    Whilst the library will make every effort to obtain items requested, supply of the items or delivery times cannot be guaranteed.

    You will be notified when an interlibrary loan is received via your University email account.

    Articles obtained from the British Library it will normally be emailed to you to download via DRM Lite service. Please see the section, 'Accessing your interlibrary loan' for instructions on creating a British Library account. Articles may also be delivered to your email via PDF and in some instances, we will obtain articles in print if no other options exist.

    The return date for print items is set by British Library, so taking postage times into account you may not have the item for very long. 

    Book and journal photocopy requests can be collected from the library. 

    Whilst the library will make every effort to obtain items requested, supply of the items or delivery times cannot be guaranteed.

    Check that you are requesting only one article from the same journal issue – more than this infringes copyright. If you need several articles from one issue the whole issue can be requested to borrow.

    For journal requests all forms need to have a signed copyright declaration

    Fill in as much detail as possible on the form as this will speed up delivery, too little information and British Library will reject the request.

    Overdue items will be charged £1 per day. There is a charge of £1.50 for the renewal of a book loan via the British Library.

    British Library currently charge libraries over £100 for extremely overdue books – this cost will be passed on to the borrower.

  • Interlibrary loan guide for postgraduates and academic staff

    For Postgraduate students and Academic Staff, the costs of obtaining Interlibrary Loans for individual study are met by the Library on your behalf.

    Please email your completed form to: liss-ill@cumbria.ac.uk

    Whilst the library will make every effort to obtain items requested, supply of the items or delivery times cannot be guaranteed.

    If a member of staff wants to submit a personal interlibrary loan request (not related to employment) they will be then be charged the full British Library cost (£15) or advised to use the public library.

    Staff will be notified when an interlibrary loan is received via their University email account. Book and photocopy requests can be collected from the library.

    Articles obtained from the British Library it will normally be emailed to you to download via DRM Lite service. Please see the section, 'Accessing your interlibrary loan' for instructions on creating a British Library account. Articles may also be delivered to your email via PDF and in some instances, we will obtain articles in print if no other options exist.

    The return date for print items is set by British Library, so taking postage times into account you may not have the item for very long. 

    Whilst the library will make every effort to obtain items requested, supply of the items or delivery times cannot be guaranteed.

    Check that you are requesting only one article from the same journal issue – more than this infringes copyright. If you need several articles from one issue the whole issue can be requested to borrow.

    For journal requests all forms need to have a signed copyright declaration.

    Fill in as much detail as possible on the form as this will speed up delivery, too little information and British Library will reject the request.

    The library will bear the cost of one renewal. Subsequent renewals will cost the borrower £5.25 per renewal (if the lender allows renewals).

    Overdue items will incur a cost of £1 per day.

    British Library currently charge libraries over £100 for extremely overdue books – this cost will be passed on to the borrower.

  • Interlibrary Loan Request Form

    Interlibrary Loan Request Form

     

    Please email completed request forms to the Interlibrary Loan Service.

  • Accessing your interlibrary loan

    We cannot guarantee how long it will take to supply an interlibrary loan item, as it depends largely on the supplying library, and whether the item is already on loan to another user. Sometimes the library may decide that they will not lend that item to us, or cannot lend it due to copyright or other restrictions. If this is the case, we will try to obtain it from another source, but this will inevitably mean delays.

    For this reason, we ask you to allow a minimum of at least 10 Working Days when you place your request, to allow us time to supply the item, and for you to have time to make full use of it. We can often supply journal articles within 3-4 working days, and books within 6 days, however we cannot guarantee this, so we recommend that you place your interlibrary loan request as soon as you can.

    The British Library (BL) usually supplies journal articles to us electronically through its Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) service. SEDs are documents which are encrypted and Copyright-protected, so they can only be accessed and viewed in a specific way, and for a limited period.

    Please follow the instructions below to ensure that you can open and use your document successfully, and also please note that:

    • You will need to register for BL On Demand to access, print, and read your SED document (see below).
    • You must ensure that your BL username is less than 30 characters and does not contain the @ symbol; see the DRM Lite Guidelines and FAQs for more details.
    • You must use Adobe Reader version 10 or above: the document will not open in any other .pdf reader.
    • We will send a one-use only link to your UoC email address. The document is locked and this link can only ever be used by one user.
    • This link will enable you to access and download the document; you must do this within 30 days of BL sending us the link.
    • You can only ever print ONE copy of this document, and this must be done within this 30 day period, so please follow the instructions below very carefully.

    For more information, please refer to the BL On Demand pages.

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