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Requesting an inter-library loan – University of Reading

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Requesting an inter-library loan

1. Check the Library catalogues

Check carefully to see if the item you need is held in the Library collections in print or online.

Books

Search the Enterprise catalogue for the author's surname and title keywords. Also try searching for just the title or author of the book in case some details are misspelled in the reference you have.

Journals/Periodicals

Search for the title of the journal on the Enterprise catalogue and the
E-journals Finder to check if we have it in print or online.

Ask your subject liaison librarian for help if you are unsure.

British PhD theses

These are not normally available on inter-library loan but you can order a British thesis via EThOS.

Ask your subject liaison librarian for help if you are unsure.

2. Fill in a form

  1. Log in to Unicorn to request an inter-library loan using your University username and password.
  2. Choose which type of material you would like to request.
  3. Fill in your request details and tick the check box to agree with the Copyright declaration
  4. Choose how you want your item to be delivered and submit your request. 

Watch a video on requesting your inter-library loan online

how many requests can I place?

As a guide we offer the following allowance of inter-library loan requests per year to University members, free of charge.  

Who you are  Number of requests per year
Undergraduates   5
Taught Postgraduates  5
Associate Members 10
Research Postgraduate 50
Staff

50

Taught students requiring several items may wish to arrange a research trip to the British Library or another University library. See our information on using other libraries.

We understand that some researchers may need more than their allowance when undertaking systematic reviews or in-depth research projects. If you think it likely you will require more than the above allowance, please contact the inter-library loans team to discuss specific requirements and possible costs.

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