We offer a variety of ways in which you can request access to items and resources if they are not available within our collections or you can’t physically access them.
You can make a request for the following:
Please note, this service does not allow you to reserve an item currently out on loan, or items held at Divines Library, Ushaw College or our Remote Store – please see our Reserve guide for more information.
All University students and staff can request a purchase to be added to our collections. You might want to request an item to support your studies and research, for general interest or leisure reading – all requests are welcome.
You can also find out more about our More Books and Liberate My Library initiatives on our Requesting a Purchase guide.
Inter-Library Loans (ILL) gives Durham University staff and students access to material not currently held by the Library, including books, journals, chapters, articles, theses, conferences and patents.
Articles will be delivered directly to your Durham University email address. Books will be held at the Bill Bryson Library for collection - you will receive an email when the book(s) are available.
This service is available to all University staff and students who are not currently residing in a DH postcode, allowing you to request items held in University Library and Collections to be posted first class to a UK address outside Durham City.
You can submit postal loan requests on two occasions per month, up to a maximum of 5 requests in one day (and a total of 10 requests in one month). Normal loan limits apply and the item you require must be available on the shelf – you won’t be able to reserve an item that is out on loan.
Available to all current University members who are not currently residing in a DH postcode, this free service allows you to request scans of chapters and articles available in print in the Bill Bryson Library for individual research only (normal copyright restrictions apply).
You may make two request submissions a calendar month, with a maximum of 5 items per submission.
When you select ‘scan and deliver’ as a delivery option, give details of the book chapter, or journal article you want and make sure to agree to the copyright declaration.
Before submitting a request, please check Discover to see if the item you need is already available, either as an online resource or a physical copy in Bill Bryson Library.
Alternatively, you can complete the relevant service request form from the menu at the top of the Discover homepage. Please be aware, the details of the item you require won’t be pre-populated using these forms – you will need to enter the full information manually.
Requests will normally be processed within seven working days, although some requests may take longer due to additional checks being required.