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Our services: Inter-Library Loans: Home

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Our new library system is now fully up and running. There are a lot of new features which we think you will like, including courtesy notices reminding you when books are due for return, the ability to request renewals directly from your library record, and automatic article delivery, which means that articles will be sent to you the moment they arrive, no matter the time of day of night.

Fines on over-due Inter-Library Loan books have increased to £1.00 per day, so consider returning or renewing your books online as soon as you receive your courtesy notice.

Ask DULib

Contact us through our enhanced virtual enquiry desk, Ask DULib. Search our FAQs, email us, or chat with a librarian. 
Ask DULib is available to all students, staff and users.

Ask DULib, Library Help

The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service gives staff and students of Durham University access to material not currently held by the Library. Use the links to the ILL request form whenever you find them in Discover, or ConneXions and the form will be automatically populated with the book or article details. A blank ILL request form is also available at the top of each page in Discover, or you can use this link to the Inter-Library Loan form to make a request.  

Use the form to tell us what you want: a book, thesis, book chapter, journal article (or whole journal issue) and we will email you when the item is available.

Articles will be delivered to your Durham University email address, or to an alternate address if you supply one on the form.

Whole books borrowed from another library via ILL will need to be collected from the Bill Bryson Library (and some will be confined to the library). Postal Loans will not be possible. If you need a delivery option which is not available, then contact us to discuss alternative solutions.

Before you start:

  • Check our catalogue to confirm that the book or journal is not available in our library.  

  • Check the internet. A quick internet search can find review papers, open access journals, government publications and old books, which are out of copyright.  


General Data Protection: Most inter-library loans are processed without supplying your personal information to parties outside of Durham, however your email address may be shared with The British Library to enable them to deliver scanned articles directly to you. No personal data is shared for the purposes of supplying loans. Here is a link to British Library's Privacy Policy statement

Contact us:

Inter-Library Loans
Durham University Library
Stockton Road
United Kingdom