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Inter-library loan costs

Paying for your inter-library loan

The Library pays the bulk of the cost of each inter-library loan request, we ask for a partial contribution from schools or the requester. 

  • Staff and research postgraduates making requests online - the partial contribution (detailed below) will be recharged to your school/department inter-library loan fund.
  • Undergraduates, taught postgraduates and visitors using printed forms. You need to obtain a voucher from your school which you should attach to the form to pay for your request. If you can't get a voucher you can pay cash instead, costs are detailed below.

Please note that all charges (recharges, vouchers and cash) are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Basic requests

Includes: a loan of a book; a loan of a whole journal issue; a copy of a journal article; a copy of a book chapter from within the UK

Status

Cost

Student (with supervisor's signature/email authorisation)

£3 or 1 blue voucher

Student (without signature/email authorisation)

£12

Staff (for teaching or research)

£3 or 1 blue voucher

Staff (personal use)

£12

Visitors (for teaching or research)

£3 or 1 blue voucher

Visitors (personal use)

£12

Self-Financing Units

£9 or 1 yellow voucher

Items from abroad

Items from abroad are available to staff, research postgraduates and academic visitors only.

Theses from abroad

Research postgraduate (for research)

£15

Research postgraduate (for personal use)

£50

Staff (for teaching or research)

£15

Staff (for personal use)

£50

Visitors (for teaching or research)

£15

Visitors (for personal use)

£50

Self-Financing Units

£24

Other loans from abroad

Research postgraduate (for research)

£25

Research postgraduate (for personal use)

£50

Staff (for teaching or research)

£25

Staff (for personal use)

£50

Self-Financing Units

£48

Payment for foreign loans is on collection. Unobtainable foreign requests are subject to a search fee of £10.00. Please note if accounts are not settled within two weeks, charges will be added to users' accounts as fines.

Photocopies from abroad

Research postgraduate (for research)

£25

Research postgraduate (for personal use)

£48

Staff (for teaching or research)

£25

Staff (for personal use)

£48

Self-Financing Units

£48

Payment for foreign photocopies is on collection. Unobtainable foreign requests are subject to a search fee of £10.00. Please note if accounts are not settled within two weeks, charges will be added to users' accounts as fines.

Fines and renewals

 

Cost 

Fine for late returns

80p per day

Renewal of loan

£3 or 1 blue voucher

Lost items

If you fail to return an inter-library loan item, you will normally be charged the replacement cost of the item, but please note that the British Library charges a standard lost book rate in excess of £150

For overdue items the British Library charges an administration fee of £76.35 + VAT

If you know you have lost your inter-library loan, please let us know as soon as possible. 

Premium services

Contact inter-library loans for prices of the following services:

  • One article -2 hour delivery by secure electronic delivery
  • One article -24 hour delivery by secure electronic delivery
  • Copyright Clearance Fee

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