Borrowing and related services

Borrowing from other libraries

If you can’t find the materials you are looking for within UWL collections, you can request them by inter-library loan (ILL) here:

 

 

You can borrow:

  • Students: 30 per year
  • UWL staff and research students: 50 per year

Requests from borrowers who have overdue charges on their Library Account, or who have overdue items, cannot be processed.

Requests above your allocation will incur a non-refundable charge based on the prices below.  

FAQs

How much does it cost?

UWL provides this service for free. Actual costs for 2017-18 are as follows:

  • £5.45 e-copy from digital copy
  • £10.90 e-copy from print copy
  • £12.40 print copy by mail
  • £15.5 book loan

How long does it take?

One to three weeks, depending on availability. Some articles may come more quickly.

How long can they be kept?

Articles are yours to keep.

Books may be kept for up to six weeks, depending on the supplying library.

Renewals

Renewals are not always available and may incur charges (£4.85 per item in 2017/18. Prices increase in August.) 

Please contact us well in advance of your return date if you wish to renew. 

Loans may not be supplied again within two months of return.

Items returned late may incur additional charges.

Loss of an ILL

The British Library charges a fee of at least £160.10 (plus VAT) for lost items, including a non-returnable administration charge of £80.05 (plus VAT). This charge will be passed on to the requester.

Troubleshooting

You will need Adobe Reader to open article PDFs. This should be available on all university PCs. For your own use, it is free and can be downloaded here: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

Please contact us for any enquiries regarding Inter-Library Loans.

Creating a British Library Account

Many article requests come to you direct from the British Library. To access them, you will need to have a British Library account. If you have any trouble with creating your account, you can refer to the step-by-step video guide below. 

Note: this video is silent.

You can also down load PDF versions of this guide.

Download the full guide (pdf, 2.29 mb)

Download a text only version (pdf, 99 kb)

If you need additional help please contact library@uwl.ac.uk

 

Before placing an ILL request

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