Inter Library Loans for taught postgraduates and final year undergraduates
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Are you preparing for your dissertation and you need a book or an article we do not have in stock? Have you ever thought of using Inter Library Loan (ILL) services? Through the national Inter Library Loan network, we can obtain materials for you from other libraries.
The post will explain how this service operates and highlight a few important facts you need to consider before requesting this service.
Before you submit your ILL request
Please make sure you have checked Primo before you submit your request. Each year, the ILL Team find approximately 50% of requests received are for items already in the University of Aberdeen’s library collections. If you are not sure how to search for items on Primo, or how to interpret the library record of the item, please come to the Issue/Help Desk or email us, and we will help you.
Please make sure that you have as much details as possible about the item(s) you need. Also, if it is a book that you want to request, you can check the author and title on Copac, and it would give you an idea how many institutions have the book.
What material can you request?
Books, reports, copies of patents or standards or journal articles may be requested.
How much does the ILL service cost?
Unfortunately, this is not a free service, so you need to pay for it when you are submitting your request. You can buy ILL vouchers at the Issue Desk in Taylor Library. A voucher costs £7.00 and covers one standard Inter Library Loan request. You can find the full list of the ILL charges here.
The progress of your request
Be aware that we cannot predict when you can get your requested items from other libraries, or that your request will be ever met. Usually, books could take up to 4 – 6 weeks to get here, while journal articles can be quicker, as these days they are scanned and sent immediately. You can check the progress of your ILL request through the Library Catalogue. Please login to the catalogue using your university username and password.
- Usually brand new books (e.g. published in 2018 and 2019) would not be sent out
- If a book was on loan at the institution, it would not be recalled
- If their copy was in their Heavy Demand section, they would not lend it either
- We would not get books from institutions from abroad as it is very costly.
If you have any questions, please get back in touch with us.
Taylor Library Team